The Old Dominion living within its means: How do Governor Kaine’s budget cuts affect housing?

Ask any kid with an allowance: If you want the toy, you need to have the money to pay for it.

In the case of the government, if you don’t have the tax revenue you can’t provide the services.

Looking at a $2.5 billion shortfall over the next two years, Virginia won’t be able to buy all the toys it wants. Unfortunately, budget cuts are a bit more important than not getting the SpongeBob SquarePants Boating School playset.

Governor Kaine announced his “Revenue Reforecast and Budget Plan” for 2009 and 2010, which reduces spending, as they say, across the board: It includes 567 layoffs and cutting General Fund spending by $222.3 million in 2009. (And yes, the Governor is taking a salary cut as well.)

The full plan — called, ominously, “FinalPlan” — is 63 pages long. As a service to you, though, we’ve separated the pages that affect housing. Specifically, two pages of cuts being made at the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Some samples: $1.1 million cut from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program … $50,000 from the Virginia Enterprise Initiative grant program … code-compliance inspector hiring delayed … four staff persons laid off ….

You get the idea.

So next time your car falls into a pothole, or the customer service rep behind the counter at the DMV is a little less friendly, breathe in, smile and think of all the taxes you’re saving.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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3 Responses to The Old Dominion living within its means: How do Governor Kaine’s budget cuts affect housing?

  1. Dennis Bane says:

    I understand that cutting budgets are crucial to make ends meet. I have worked (as a volunteer) for 4 years on Community Development Programs administered by the State of Virginia, and have given countless hours to the effort in making my community a better place.
    It is not enough to just cut and balance budgets. but I feel like we owe it to communities to have a plan in place, and let them know what the plan is, for future shortfalls or budget surplus, to make each community a better place to live. This is called accountability, and we have to have a written plan, to be accountable to that plan. We can also use technology (I still do not understand why we have to have so many written copies of a file, instead of computer files… does not make sense), to our advantage, and save millions each year.
    Last but not least, as REALTORS, give back to your community. You are the leaders of your towns, cities, and the State of Virginia. It is not about how much money you made or loss, it’s about the impact you have on your community each day. Be a leader, and the rest will take care of itself. And don’t let politics stand in your way of doing what you feel is right. I will define it like this……. Doing the legal, moral, and ethical thing at all times, to benefit your fellow citizen, and without regard to special interests, or the benefit of one party. WE ARE VIRGINIAN’S, WE ARE STRONG, AND WE WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR STATE AND OUR COUNTRY!!!

  2. Actually…we’re not “saving” taxes. We’re paying the same amount of taxes, just getting less services because they didn’t budget correctly.

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