2016 September – Meals Tax Referendum

To Meals Tax or Not to Meals Tax?
Dinner and Discussion with guest speakers

Phillip A. Niedzielski-Eichner and Geoff Smith

Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West  Vienna, VA 22180
Dinner Cost:  Members – $39  Non-Members – $49
Please state your meal with your RSVP by Friday, September 23
Fish, Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

Date: Monday, September 26, 2016
Networking: 6:30 – 7:00 PM
Dinner & Program:  7:00 – 9:00 PM

Seating is only guaranteed with an advance RSVP to info@fairfaxcommittee100.org

Discussions

Vote Yes Meals Tax Campaign – Pennies to Progress. Why it is time for a Fairfax County Meals Tax:  Fairfax County’s excellence is at risk.  Schools, libraries, parks, public safety, and human services have all been pinched in the tight budgets caused by the recession and sequestration.   A referendum on the November 8th ballot could create up to $100 million in new revenue, relieving pressure to raise property taxes and revitalizing the things that make Fairfax County a great place to live, work and play.

Vote NO on the meals tax, because it’s not just a meals tax.  It’s a tax on all prepared and ready to eat foods so it hits low and middle income families hardest.  Lots of families count on prepared foods to cope with busy schedules that sometimes include more than one job.  This tax hurts them.  And, despite what proponents want you to think, this tax won’t necessarily generate added budget for schools.  It could easily be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget because there’s no requirement that this be used as new money. Tax increases are all too common in Fairfax County and our elected officials need to do what they were elected to do – balance the budget and keep our services running at the high standards residents have to come to expect.

Speakers

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SUPERVISOR PAT HERRITY
Representative, Fairfax Families Against the Food Tax

Pat Herrity was raised in the Springfield District of Fairfax County. He attended St. Bernadette’s grade school in Springfield, graduated from West Springfield High School in 1978, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1982 from Virginia Tech. Having grown up in the eastern part of the Springfield District and now raising his family in the western part, Pat has a unique understanding of Fairfax County.

As the son of former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Herrity, Pat grew up attending community meetings and budget hearings; he was raised with regular discussion of issues concerning Fairfax County at home giving him a deep understanding of our County and the issues we face today.

Additionally, Pat is the Chief Financial Officer of Delex Systems Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions for a number of fast growing, small to mid-sized government contractors.

He is active in youth sports and has coached swimming, soccer, basketball, rugby and hockey. He has also served in leadership positions of several civic associations and business organizations including the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Pat has always been active with transportation issues and is a strong believer in transportation enhancements that support our growing community. He was a leader in the push for the Techway, was a strong early advocate for telework/telecommuting programs, and has been an outspoken supporter of the beltway HOT lanes and their carpooling and mass-transit benefits. He is currently leading the effort for solutions to congestion on I-66 and the Fairfax County Parkway. Pat was a co-drafter of the first Northern Virginia Transportation Compact, which was signed by most of the business organizations in Northern Virginia in 2000.

Pat regularly travels to Richmond to work with legislators on tax and transportation issues. He was appointed by Governor McDonnell and subsequently elected Chairman of Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review which works to reduce state mandates on local governments. Under his leadership the Task Force has eliminated a historic number of mandates and has eliminated a number of other “mandates” by engaging state agencies in common sense discussions with local governments.

 

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PHILLIP A. NIEDZIELSKI-EICHNER

Representative, Vote Yes Meals Tax Campaign

Phil’s 37-year professional career is equally split between the corporate and public sectors. His federal public service includes senior executive appointments in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations at the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration and he concluded his federal service at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as Chief of Staff to the Chairman.

He is President and founder of Governmental Dynamics. His work often involves complex public policy issues at the nexus among science, technology, and engineering, particularly in the context of U.S. energy and national security postures. His current focus is on adapting dynamic digital platforms for open and transparent collaboration among citizens to produce policy solutions to community or societal problems.

Phil has been a Fairfax County resident since 1988 and is committed to serving his community. He was twice elected to the Fairfax County School Board, for whom he served as Board Chairman and as Chairman of its Budget Committee. He also has served on the Park Authority and Environmental Quality Advisory Boards. He recently served as the Chairman of the Use of Force Subcommittee of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission, whose final report was delivered in October 2015. Phil remains active in pressing for action on the Commission’s 204 recommendations through his appointment to an “Implementation Committee” by Board of Chairman Supervisor Sharon Bulova.

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