An approved plan may affect Prince William County businesses.
County residents learned about the “Moonshot Goal” at a Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday.
Deputy County Executive Chris Price focused on the topic at the meeting, which the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted in Manassas.
Last year, the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) adopted the “Moonshot Goal,” which seeks to make adjustments to tax revenue.
“About 14 percent of our tax base comes from non-residential sources when you consider the real estate tax base,” Price said. “The ‘Moonshot [Goal]’ that the Strategic Plan Committee came up with … is to get that number from 14 percent to 35 percent.”
The board, Price explained, understands that the county may not reach the goal in four years — if ever.
County officials aren’t focused on achieving the 35 percent metric. Rather, they want to make sure that the county is on the right path.
“When you see our recommendations going forward to the board and you see the conversations we’re having with the board, we’re just emphasizing being directionally correct in terms of splitting that pie more toward the non-residential tax base and less toward the residential tax base, and sort of broadening that non-residential base,” Price said.
The plan hasn’t gained the favor of all members of the Prince William County community.
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors is opposing the plan, which it stood against in 2017.
In a letter to the the BOCS, Prince William Chamber of Commerce Chairman Betty Dean called the goal “ambiguous” and “unattainable.”
During a work session on Tuesday — a day after receiving the letter — the BOCS approved a motion to reconsider the metrics mentioned in the “Moonshot Goal.”
“This measurement was arbitrary and not something truly strategic in nature,” Dean said in a release. “The Chamber’s Board of Directors has encouraged the Board of County Supervisors to revisit this issue since the strategic plan was passed. We look forward to working with the Board and County Staff on replacing the measurement with a set of achievable, sustainable and measurable objectives for economic growth that will facilitate continued success for the business community and our residents.”
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