Taxes are always a “hot” political issue in any campaign. Taxes are the revenue stream for any government entity and are typically utilized to promote the common welfare of the community or communities governed by that entity.
Much scrutiny is placed on how governments utilize tax money, as well it should be. As hard working citizens who are taxed to provide for necessities such as roads, police, fire departments, and other community benefits resources, we demand to know that our tax dollars are being spent appropriately and responsibly. In addition to this desired accountability, there is also an ever-present desire to have taxes lowered, or at the very least not raised.
One of my goals, if elected to the House of Delegates, will be to work with the County and its towns to promote economic development in the county in the designated expansion zones. If we are successful in expanding this base of employers, and then employees, we will effectively expand the overall taxable income in our County. This means we can get the same amount of tax money from a larger pool of citizens who are working and contributing to the community. As a result, we can either lower taxes overall or invest the additional tax money into the continued growth and expansion.
Appropriate, targeted, and calculated growth of our business sector will expand the overall tax base within the county without having to raise taxes on any particular individual, and bring overall prosperity for our community for generations to come.