The poll is closed and 82% of those who responded favor Virginia Beach enacting an 1% piggyback income tax to replace a portion of the Property Tax. Such was a reccomendation of the Blue Ribbon Tax, Fee, and Spending Task Force.
I'm adamantly in favor of it, as changing how you tax will change city policy. Everyone engages in rhetoric about higher-paying jobs; however, given the Virginia tax code, the cities can tax spending infinitely more than they can tax income. Thus, cities have a small Return On Investment (ROI) for going after higher-paying jobs.
As a transplanted Marylander, I can tell you in my native state you pay 20%-50% on top of your state income tax to your county for local government. The rate varies between counties, and can only be changed with General Assembly approval.
That brings me to the new question, "How would you pay for the 7 regional transportation projects?" Five options are offered.