Taxes and Spending

Betty’s blunder: Albemarle County blows $900 on bungled land use letters

| August 1, 2017 | 1 Comments
Betty’s blunder: Albemarle County blows $900 on bungled land use letters

Albemarle County’s retirement-ready Finance Director, Betty J. Burrell, has again blundered in the performance of her duties. Following a string of embarrassing gaffes by Burrell’s Finance Department, an investigation by The Schilling Show has discovered another—this time involving notifications for Land Use taxation. Initially, a Schilling Show listener reported receiving five land-use validation letters at […]

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Deep pockets: Albemarle County spends $14k on police for Charlottesville KKK rally

| July 26, 2017 | 5 Comments
Deep pockets: Albemarle County spends $14k on police for Charlottesville KKK rally

The July 8 Ku Klux Klan rally held in Charlottesville’s Jackson Park was costly in more ways than one. While Charlottesville’s reputation as a genteel southern town was seriously damaged by the protester-related lawlessness that ensued, Albemarle County paid a steep price as well. According to Albemarle Assistant County Executive, Lee Catlin, county taxpayers covered […]

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Cash cow: Bellamy seeks $7600 for attorney Starsia in failed removal petition case

| June 5, 2017 | 4 Comments
Cash cow: Bellamy seeks $7600 for attorney Starsia in failed removal petition case

Embattled Charlottesville City Councilor, Wes Bellamy, is seeking $7,588.35 in taxpayer funds for his attorney, Pam Starsia, in reimbursement of her fees to defend Bellamy against a petition to remove him from public office. The petition, filed by blogger, Jason Kessler, sought court intervention to oust Bellamy from his position on Charlottesville City Council for “civil rights violations, […]

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Guest editorial: The case for ending Albemarle County and Charlottesville revenue sharing

| May 3, 2017 | 2 Comments
Guest editorial: The case for ending Albemarle County and Charlottesville revenue sharing

by Phillip Fassieux PlaceAlbemarleFirst.org EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 1982 Annexation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (herein referred to as “RSA” or “agreement”) between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VA continues to present an unnecessary financial burden on County residents. The agreement’s original purpose of halting City annexations in return for a payment of County revenue […]

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Tax Day musical montage: Tax Trials and Tribulations

| April 18, 2017 | 1 Comments
Tax Day musical montage: Tax Trials and Tribulations

Taxes are on everyone’s mind today, but the Schilling Show audience has responded with creative pushback. This piece, as heard on WINA’s The Schilling Show, was inspired by Diantha and the Pickpockets (Albemarle County Board of Supervisors) and the Charlottesville Silly Clowncil (City Council), neither of whom ever met a tax they didn’t like. Performed […]

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Bad Bobs: Charlottesville assessor slams renegade City Councilor and conservative businessman

| March 23, 2017 | 3 Comments
Bad Bobs: Charlottesville assessor slams renegade City Councilor and conservative businessman

Like Albemarle County before it, Charlottesville has a real estate assessment problem. Past reports of rate-rigging and internal collusion have undermined the public’s confidence in the City assessor’s office and have called to question the veracity of their annual output. This year one Charlottesville City Councilor and one city business, in particular, are the poster […]

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All Our Yesterdays: Reconsidering Revenue Sharing

| November 28, 2016 | 4 Comments
All Our Yesterdays: Reconsidering Revenue Sharing

“My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please.” – Frederick the Great For more than three decades, the citizens of Albemarle County have been forced to live with the maxim of Frederick the Great, as […]

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Sample Ballot: Virginia Ballot Questions and Albemarle County Bond Referendum 2016

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Sample Ballot: Virginia Ballot Questions and Albemarle County Bond Referendum 2016

The Schilling Show recommends voting YES on Question 1. This question will add constitutional protection to Virginia’s “Right to Work” laws, which prohibit compulsory union membership. The Schilling Show recommends voting NO on Question 2. While well intentioned, allowing exceptions to real estate taxation is a slippery slope. The left’s intention here is to introduce […]

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Big brother watching: Albemarle County’s unfettered access to and retention of private income tax forms and social security numbers

| August 29, 2016 | 2 Comments
Big brother watching: Albemarle County’s unfettered access to and retention of private income tax forms and social security numbers

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” ― George Orwell, 1984 In an ongoing investigation of Albemarle County’s recent taxpayer shakedown, the Schilling Show has reported ominous actions and policies of County Executive, Tom Foley, and County Finance Director, Betty Burrell: Mom and pop landlords […]

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Foley’s Bergère: Albemarle County Executive conceals secret government tax schemes

| August 2, 2016 | 1 Comments
Foley’s Bergère: Albemarle County Executive conceals secret government tax schemes

An investigation into Albemarle County government’s veiled scheme to extract additional taxes from residents has hit a legally dubious administrative roadblock. The Schilling Show recently reported on Albemarle County Finance Director, Betty Burrell’s spate of letters to already overtaxed mom and pop landlords, demanding heretofore-unknown taxes along with substantial interest and punitive penalties. The claim […]

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