Equalized Revenue Authority” is a PRIORITY of the current members of the Greene County Board of Supervisors and lobbyists that the County pays to go to Richmond to advocate for legislative changes.  Their goal is to “urge the governor and legislature to equalize the revenue-raising authority of counties with that of cities”, according to the Thomas Jefferson Area Planning Commission’s legislative plan.  See http://www.tjpdc.org/media/LegProg16.pdf

But what does this mean?  “Equalized Revenue Authority” means giving Counties the same ability to impose taxes that Cities have across the Commonwealth.  During the January 26th, 2016 Board of Supervisor’s meeting, County Administrator John Barkley enthusiastically announced that he is excited about the prospect to install taxes that would not affect our citizens and preserve low taxes on our community.  What??? Not affect our citizens?? How?

Supporters of the ability to impose such new taxes point to Richmond’s “unfunded mandates” on localities, which compete for dollars generated by existing taxes, such as real property, sales, and equipment taxes.  While Richmond does impose unfunded mandates, we need to lobby our elected state representatives to cease imposing such mandates, not accept them as  being inevitable, roll over and surrender.  Imposing new taxes is an action that accepts the failure to manage within our means and not grow our local economy.

Under this new authority, new taxes could be imposed on the following short list:
  • Personal Income
  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Storm water (RAIN WATER!!)
  • Ammunition
  • Admissions, Lodging, and Meals
  • Business, Personal Property
  • Public Service Corporations
  • Bank Franchises
  • Daily Rental
  • Utility Taxes 

All of these new taxes certainly have the potential to impact ALL of us in Greene County.  These taxes will take away personal spending ability and further stifle the badly needed economic growth in our local economy by stifling business investment. Remember, the businesses do not pay taxes, they are passed to the customers and end-users of the services and products. 

Given the nature of human behavior, especially bureaucrat behavior, the range of tax possibilities can become endless.  Once given this additional power, it will become abusive.

Never in the history of society has government been able to tax its population into prosperity.  Greene needs to grow its local economy by remaining an affordable place for which business can invest, not price our selves out of being able to compete.  This is economics 101!

Wake up Greene County and make your voice known by opposing this ability to impose new taxes.  Speak at the next BOS meeting and voice your opinion.  Urge your friends and neighbors to also.

-- Bob Young

Contact your elected Greene County officials NOW and let them know how you feel!

Send a letter to:
Board of Supervisors or
County Executive at
County of Greene
PO Box 358
Stanardsville, VA 22973

Or call - 

Or fax - 
434-985-3705 (fax)
Or email individual Board members:

Bill Martin, Chairman  bmartin@gcva.us
   Stanardsville District
A. Michelle Flynn, Vice Chairwoman  mflynn@gcva.us
   Ruckersville District
Jim Frydl  jfrydl@gcva.us
   Midway District
Dale R. Herring  dherring@gcva.us
   At Large
David Cox   dcox@gcva.us
   Monroe District
Email County Administrator John Barkley at john.barkley@gcva.us