Biscuit Run is slated to become a state park.
McDonnell: "I'm just not aware of the project."
file photo by Hawes Spencer
Four months after leaked documents showed that a
Charlottesville-based group of investors convinced top-level
Virginia officials to bail out their flopped housing development
with millions in state money, anger still runs high. The
government, however, has done nothing to punish the potential
wrongdoing that led to what may eventually become Biscuit Run State
"Biscuit Run is an absolute abomination and fraud,"
says outraged Albemarle taxpayer Clara Belle Wheeler.
While some politicians have expressed similar
outrage, the drive to punish the players or reform the system
appears to have dissipated, often in a bipartisan spirit.
For instance, the conservation tax credit law that
enabled most of the Biscuit Run bailout went virtually unchanged
this year in the General Assembly– even though the creator of the
program, Democratic State Senator Creigh Deeds had vowed to make
His supposed reform bill, SB 1232,
a right the state already seemed to possess: to review potentially
inflated property assessments.
"It's not as far-reaching as what a lot of people
would have liked," concedes Deeds, "but it's what we could get
On the other side of the aisle, Republican Governor