Charlottesville resident Collette Hall spoke truth to power (and spoke for many concerned citizens) at Monday night’s public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2007 budget, which the Hook's Lisa Provence recently reported on.
“Soon there will no longer be a middle class in Charlottesville," Hall said, according to a story in the Daily Progress. "I bought my house seven years ago and it was assessed at $87,500. It is now assessed at just under $400,000. The bottom line in any budget is what do we need versus what do we want?"
Apparently, City Council was listening. "I think a lot of the speakers were right," said Mayor David Brown. "We do have to earnestly try to work to lower the tax rate.”