This is how rumors are started. Yesterday several major media outlets (WaPo, NYT) ran stories about a sneak peek of a draft report from the Deficit Reduction Commission (DRC), a bipartisan commission charged with recommending steps to reduce the federal debt. The draft report contains a recommendation that the popular Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) tax break be reduced or repealed in order to bring the government's expenses in line with its revenues.
Certain localities within the boundaries of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) have levied a special tax on certain property owners to finance needed and costly transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, like Metro to Dulles. Here's the rub: the special tax applies only to commercial property owners, and not residential property owners.
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Tax officials in the DC area are trying new, and maybe extraordinary, efforts to collect tens of millions of dollars in delinquent payments. These efforts are hoping to help combat the huge projected budget deficits that threaten to slash public services.
Together, DC area localities are owed more than $40 million in overdue real estate taxes from fiscal 2010. In Arlington, real estate tax delinquency has nearly tripled since 2003.
Though collecting cars and the other measures may seem extreme, they ultimately may seem minor compared to the cuts to public service that may happen.
An Arlington church is building an apartment development above the church sanctuary as a way to generate revenue while they face a shrinking budget.
The Views at Clarendon will consist of 70 affordable apartments and 46 market-rate apartments on eight floors being built on top of the two-stort sanctuary of First Baptist at Clarendon. The development is expected to open late next year and is gaining national attention from many urban churches.
As sour as the economy has been lately, a panel of executives from four of the region's largest REITs were downright bullish about the outlook for commercial investment in Richmond and other second tier cities.
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Buried in the last paragraph of an article about a 4.1% increase in the Commonwealth's general fund revenues was a potential bit of good news for Virginia's housing markets. Apparently, Virginia's recordation tax revenues have grown for two consecutive months, a sign that home sales may be strengthening.