1. Good data. I am in the same situation having lived here for 50 years. Good luck if you are trying to remain in your current home. If you do choose to continue to live here, be prepared to pay your much higher taxes and have far less disposable income that you would like to have to enjoy during your retirement years.

    We know folks do move here for the schools. But once they are through with the school system, maybe retire, they leave and another family cycles through. Thus the City is becoming more and more of a transient jurisdiction, and instead of being a full fledged city with emphasis on services for all residents and taxpayers, it resembles more of a school district. To live here in your current home for years and years is no longer feasible for most when your income becomes fixed or stagnant. But wait, there is a solution. You can move to one of the future railroad cottages that the city is touting as a fantastic option. Only problem is that you are going to pay $700 thousand for one, and still pay the high and taxes that are about to get much higher given the bond referendum being considered.

  2. It’s a shame that we chase people out of the city after their kids graduate. That’s when we need them the most. However, I understand that they don’t wish to pay the higher taxes so they move to a jurisdiction that offers them the same or more services at a much lower rate.

    If you just cross over the Falls Church City line, house prices are cheaper and so is the tax rate.

    It used to be that the schools had a unique offering, but they are growing (losing their small-ish size), they are trying to incorporate too many programs for the school size, and their educational outcomes (where kids go to college and what they do after graduation) is no better than the neighboring jurisdictions.

    Falls Church City used to be a special place but with all the development, schools getting mediocre and taxes increasing, there are better alternatives.

    Maybe this is a wakeup call to the citizens and leadership in Falls Church City.

  3. Every citizen must foot the cost of public education. It’s our duty and the students’ right to be educated. This was Mr. Jefferson’s dream. Choosing to live in thiis City requires financial planning. It is the cost of living in such a unique city with such a unique school system. In this instance, we live in a small city that needs a new school. Each citizen must weigh the costs and benefits of remaining here now as part of their wealth management/retirement strategy. If it doesn’t make sense over the long haul, then it’s time to move to a location that makes better sense financially. Residents who have lived here for a long time will then reap the rewards of their investment when they sell their house. Ultra aren’t, all such decisions are business decisions wrapped in emotion. Some will be able to stay and some will not. Reverse mortgages might work for some. Tax credits for those over a certain age and with a certain income might be a solution as well.

    1. Dear Anonymous,

      While I agree that we are to provide an education to our students, there is a limit to the financial responsibility we can do so. We must provide a solid education and spend the budgeted money to get the best educational outcomes. Does this mean we need to a brand new school to get a good outcome? No. Good instruction prevails over shiny new buildings. Is it nice to have a brand new building instead of a trailer? Of course, but a limited budget means that decisions have to be made to come up with reasonable solutions.

      I would suggest that we can update our school and provide a good education without increasing costs to a point where city services and other infrastructure items suffer. The current situation indicates that the school operational budget goes up 4% each year. The city revenue goes up only 2.5% each year. There is a major shortfall and the only way to make up the difference is by increasing the real estate tax. At some point, even people with school-age children will find a substitute – Arlington or Fairfax schools because the premium to live here does not justify the benefits. We will have higher tax rates, more congestion from development, larger schools and crumbling city buildings, libraries and roads.

      There has to be balance between the city and school side of the budget and their needs to be a lower cost option to fix the current school situation.

    2. Anonymous,
      Not sure why you can’t state your name, this is the time for masks off and open discussion. I realize the limits of mine and my children’s Falls Church City school experience and education. Anonymous, I will go out on a limb and guess that you have children in the system, have been here less than 15.4 years and plan to pop smoke and skedaddle

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