LTE: Who is Attacking Supervisor Ken Reid?
A reader shares his thoughts regarding the supervisor's recent vote regarding Metro to Loudoun County.
Leesburg Supervisor Ken Reid, as many know, voted to opt in to Metro despite a decade long career of advocating against it. Ken justifies this last minute flip with confusing doubletalk that maintains his opposition to the project and support of it in back to back sentences. Ken does have both bases covered in the event of success or failure. Ken’s recent constituent email said this, “Although I was a staunch critic of the project, and am still quite skeptical of its benefits...”
In this same mass email, Ken Reid stooped to a new low. After having betrayed his friends in the Opt Out group, whom he worked with for months to educate the public before he flipped to vote Loudoun into Metro, Ken is now using nonsensical claims that these grassroots consumer advocates are attacking him.
Why would Ken betray his friends and constituents a second time? Probably for the same reason he did it the first time, MONEY. Ken is pretending that the respectable Loudoun residents that he worked with are after him and that he needs to raise money to defend himself. This is a disgusting lie and is an insult to the people of Leesburg whom Mr. Reid supposedly represents.
Ken is asking for sympathy letters to the editor in his behalf. I suggest people use their letters to instead ask these very crucial questions. Those who will profit will pay they say.
1.) If the Williams Purple Tax District is going to pay all Metro costs, why cap it at 20 cents/100?
2.) Will you collect money from the Williams Purple Tax District to pay for the roads and schools and utilities that will come with the Metro-related development?
3.) If you decide to cut the school budget to help pay for Metro, as Supervisor Buona is already suggesting, do you really think money spent on the Metro black hole is good for your people in Leesburg?
4. If/when the Williams Purple Tax District under-produces, will you support a tax on businesses countywide?
Ken, the new Opt Out is here to stay. If the Opt Out Group had not stirred awareness of this Metro scheme, the taxpayers would probably be paying 100 percent.
Now we are demanding that supervisors opt out of the optional yearly payments to Metro and the endless Metro taxes that Ken himself has said over and over again are unavoidable.
See Ken Reid’s anti Metro video here.