WMAL.comFAIRFAX, Va. -- Resort-style swimming pools with fountains and heated spas, billiards rooms, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, indoor basketball courts, stainless steel appliances -- many Fairfax County taxpayers cannot afford such luxuries. But they are paying for these amenities for use by low-income residents who live in subsidized housing in affluent neighborhoods.
"They're a part of our rental program where we subsidize the rents for the individuals in the units, and we end up having to pick up the condo fees," supervisor Pat Herrity told 630 WMAL News.
Herrity does not advocate putting low-income residents in "ghetto-style" housing but he takes issue with taxpayers who cannot afford such luxuries being forced to pick up the tab for people who qualify for subsidized housing.
What I wonder about is why there are subsidized housing units in affluent neighborhoods at all. Is it an attempt to bring down those neighborhoods by leftists who feel the rich shouldn't have the opportunity to live in nicer 'hoods? It's happened here in Santa Monica, too. Of course, it's wonderful for those who need subsidized housing to live with the 'swells', but it's created more crime for the affluent who paid a lot of money to live in once-safer neighborhoods, and, while Santa Monica's done pretty well with fairly attractive architecture on the low-cost housing units most recently built, the inhabitants make such a mess of their balconies facing the streets (hanging clothes, old fake plants of turquoise plastic, broken chairs, etc.) that any attempts at fitting these buildings in is gone.
Apparently, it doesn't much matter for those who worked hard and bought into lovely neighborhoods that they enjoy the fruits of their labors and have safe places in which their children can play, but it matters to allow immigrants and other poor to hurt those neighborhoods...and be paid for by those who are the most negatively affected. Obviously, it would be less expensive for the city to build on less expensive real estate, too (there's plenty of it in Santa Monica), but it appears that's lost on the City Council? And, of course, they lose property tax income, too.
As for the article above........what are your thoughts? Is it beholden on tax payers to pay for much lovelier homes and luxuries for others? Really?