Monday, March 24, 2008

Two-Thirds Against Term Limits

The poll is over and 67% were against term limits for the Virginia Beach City Council. 23% supported a limit of only two terms, the proposal floated by Wally Erb. 10% favored no more than three terms. I derived that one from Ohio's cap of 12 years in the state legislature.

As I said previously, I think the idea recognizes the acute advantages of incumbency, but attacks it in a ham-handed manner. A ward system for Virginia Beach would be a more natural way of leveling the playing field.

So I now ask about Virginia Beach imposing an 1% piggyback income tax. The idea comes out of the Blue Ribbon Budget, Tax, and Spending Task Force's Report. It would be revenue-neutral, allowing the Property Tax rate to be cut. Enacting it would require state legislation.

Interestingly, so far no public statement by the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) on the issue.

1 comment:

Michael Ragsdale said...

Perhaps the VBTA answered with that lone "no" vote that's so far posted (though I'm sure more will follow in the morning when the rest of the members get their email with this poll)