Taxes and Spending

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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Shakedown: Albemarle County hammering mom and pop landlords

| July 7, 2016 | 6 Comments
Shakedown: Albemarle County hammering mom and pop landlords

A financially desperate Albemarle County has dropped the tax hammer on mom and pop landlords countywide. Several owners of rental property located within the county have contacted The Schilling Show after receiving ominous notification from the Albemarle County Department of Finance, Business Taxation Division that heretofore-unrequested taxes were now due on their properties. Without a specific […]

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Heil Signer: Charlottesville Mayor’s new totalitarian police state

| June 26, 2016 | 7 Comments
Heil Signer: Charlottesville Mayor’s new totalitarian police state

Just months after being warned that his new City Council meeting procedures are unconstitutional Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer has doubled down on their enforcement. At the June 20 Charlottesville City Council meeting, Signer unjustly exercised his unwarranted police powers at least twice and in doing so, clearly has violated the United States Constitution. The first instance […]

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Thanks, SCROTUS

| June 25, 2015 | 1 Comments
Thanks, SCROTUS

The four words “established by the state” that allowed the Supreme Court to give Obamacare a pass today is so symbolic to what has happened to this country. The banning of the Confederate flag is also symbolic. Today, the Confederate flag no longer represents a struggle of states against a powerful central northern-based crony government. To […]

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