Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian has made a public commitment to voters in the Hollins District. Bedrosian is running for re-election in the June 13 Republican Primary.
In support of his reasons for making this commitment Bedrosian says, ” Despite bragging about debt reduction my colleagues on the board have once again increased the debt to over $200 million with the fiscal 2018 budget. Since I was elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 2013 the County has continued on the wrong path toward increased budgets and debt burden on our citizens. Our annual budget has increased by 15 million dollars and is still based on how much money we think we will have rather than being determined on how much we actually need to run an efficient government. I have been the lone voice against the 15 million in increases and the staggering debt burden. If I am elected to another term on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, I will continue to be a voice and advocate for Republican principles.”
His contract with voters includes four points he commits to voting for and trying to get passed on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
First, “A proper budgeting procedure that does not automatically increase the budget because that is “the way it has always been done” or simply increases with the inflation rate, but instead looks at efficiencies and innovation to provide county taxpayers with the highest quality and most efficient services at the lowest possible costs to taxpayers.”
Second, “Provide real tax relief by making increased real estate assessments revenue neutral. If real estate assessments increase, the real estate tax rate should lower, allowing the taxpayer to be held harmless and not be penalized with a higher real estate tax bill. The Board of Supervisors continues to state that real estate taxes are not increasing when in fact, they are. The fact is that when real estate assessments increase even if the tax rate does not, the actual tax bill the homeowner receives increases – which by definition is a TAX INCREASE.”
Third, “In the case that Roanoke County government or Roanoke County schools needs to borrow funds for a project, it will be required that the bond issue come before the citizens of Roanoke County in the form of a referendum. The referendum will detail the true cost of the bond issue to the taxpayers of Roanoke County. The tax payer should have the last say in whether they want the increased debt burden that they ultimately will have to pay for.”
Lastly, “that Roanoke County government concentrate on improving the lives of the average citizen by spending money on the 10 year waiting list of small neighborhood projects dealing with potholes, water drainage issues, and flooding infrastructure projects that are currently not the responsibility of VDOT or that take VDOT too long to respond to.”