There’s no science to tax increases
By Christian Trejbal
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is based in the New River Valley.
I wanted to attend a lecture at Virginia Tech about dark matter on Thursday night. Dark matter is mysterious stuff that scientists know exists out in the universe but have never directly observed. They deduce its existence from how it affects the stars, gases and galaxies we can see.
Instead of science goodness, I listened to Montgomery County residents explain why supervisors should or should not increase the property tax by 12 cents. The current rate is 75 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The testimony — hours and hours of it — was the opposite of dark matter. It was easily observable, but it probably will affect nothing.