When I took over this blog it was with 2 understandings: the first was given to me and I have met it. The second was a dedication to myself which I am going to fulfill. My feet are now wet. I have played biased softball with this election for specific reasons. Reasons are met and now it is time to play hardball.
Congratulations to all the candidates of the new board. There are those I just don’t trust. There are those I just don’t believe. I had candidate surveys that both sides said they would partake in that did not. One was a direct commitment with no less than 3 other individuals telling me the candidate would follow through. That candidate is on this new board and DID NOT follow through as stated. Bad start and I won’t forget about it. I will pursue all “attention e-mails” that come my way. I will be watching the votes as they occur which affect my quality of life in Loudoun. By no stretch of the imagination are all these candidates conservative. What I do expect is dedication, integrity and above-board dealings in conjunction with the performance of their positions. I also expect the other board members to police their own and “educate” those that stray from these principles. No more “good ol’ boy” networking.
Here is some of what I expect to change under this boards’ tenure:
PET PROJECTS: Forget about it. There is no money for this unless you raise it personally. Otherwise, you balance your checkbook like I do and when you don’t have the money for foolish things, you don’t put it on credit or make other portions of the household account suffer for it. Just say NO!
REDISTRICTING: Go back the way it was. This was all garbage to begin with. Time to ruck-up and stop being influenced/bullied.
SCHOOL BUDGET: Get a grip. IMPORTANT ISSUE!!!! Time to get serious. Let teachers pay for more of their benefits. Get the illegals out of school. Build taller schools on less ground. Let those that HAVE kids in school be taxed more that those that don’t. Cut 5% from the school budget for the next 5 years and then live with it. Schools need more money? Try bake sales, sponsorships, benefactors, and let all the liberals that think the till is bottomless pony-up all that extra cash they feel EVERYONE ELSE should be contributing. If I would be listened to and heeded for my recommendations, I would rip that school budget a new asshole but no one listens to me anyway. Plenty of areas for cost savings/cuttings and you have new board members who are adept with the school machinations. Let’s see what they propose.
REZONING AND BUILDING: Hello? Sterling Park (as it was known) was the first suburban community developed for the expansion of Loudoun County. That “shining star” moniker was very short lived; soon to become the “bastard child of the east”. We are built out. We don’t want or need anymore density. It’s time to make all districts carry a fair share percentage of building in the county. There are ‘umteen houses yet to be built by developers. Here’s an idea. Before anymore DEVELOPER permits are given to new construction, old permits must be fulfilled until less than 500 new units remain. Term developer permits so that they expire (with their current terms) if not built. Make the developer (who pass it on to the new homeowners) pay for all roads, schools and infrastructure so that WE DON’T HAVE TO! But first and foremost, before anyone does anything, sell the freakin’ existing houses on the market! We need people occupying what is existing before we need to expand even more. That will boost equity and money in the coiffeurs for the county. We need to have Sterling as viable as Ashburn or Cascades or Hillsboro. Am I going to fast for you?
STOP THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRAP: Moderate and sensible efforts towards clean water and air are always welcome. DO NOT commit to hostage taking of the citizens! Don’t play dumb. You know what I am talking about.
BUSINESS: It’s okay to bring business here UNLESS they don’t pay their way. Tired of the “freebies” businesses get off the back of tax paying residents. If we look nice, smell nice and act nice, business will come on its own. Maybe we should address what it takes to KEEP some businesses here. Talk with one of your board members who says he is “all about that” and that it is his forte. Personally I think he is blowing smoke from being full of all that hot air.
That should be some things to keep your plate full for awhile. You people arrange the priorities the way you see fit, just as long as they are in the order of lowering assessments, lowering taxes, cutting back school expenditures and living within our means. Liberals lost so that means it’s time to cinch your belts. Most of all I will be paying attention and will tend to hold you accountable. The Main-Stream-Media will no longer be pointed at Mr. Delgaudio as Loudoun’s problem (which, to me, was NEVER the case). I will have it pointed at the slackers if that is what it takes. Playtime is over. Now crack those books!