February 18, 2013 — In an op-ed in yesterday’s Fredericksburg Freelance Star, Alfred King, Spotsylvania Republican money man, perennial candidate and budget advisor, admitted that math, not ideology, is the driver behind budget making and praised former Spotsylvania County Board members for sound fiscal stewardship.
In his piece, King concluded that the current Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, headed by the new Republican majority, has to decide between cutting services or raising taxes when formulating the County’s upcoming budget. As a wise man once said, “No sh***, Sherlock…!”
Now, most rational people understand that this is pretty much always the case when formulating budgets. But the new Republican majority, like their brethren at the state and federal levels, promised no new taxes! That they would take this pledge is nothing new, but they also promised to fully fund education, strengthen public safety services, particularly fire and rescue, return to taxpayers the $9 million surplus built up by the previous Board AND cut taxes! Alfred King, running for Commissioner of Revenue, was right there with them.
It will be interesting to see how they tap dance their way through this budget and hold onto their promise. They spent a lot of time and money in 2011 lying about how the old Board and County Administrator mismanaged budgets and other services. However, now that they are in charge of a growing County with a growing appetite for good schools and safe streets, they are finding out that governing is hard work and not something you can do with bumper sticker slogans and empty pledges.
I fully expect them to walk back their promises by blaming the old Board or announcing something unforseen that they just learned! No matter what they do, it will be interesting to see if the people of Spotsylvania County – and the Spotsylvania Democratic Committee – hold the new Republican majority to the bold promises they made in 2011.