Kaine Holds Town Hall Meeting

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

Drawing a big crowd close to home on Tuesday, April 19 was Democratic Candidate for Governor, and current Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine. The Lt. Gov. held a town hall meeting to discuss his proposal for homeowners' tax relief.

Almost one hundred people filled seats inside the new Albemarle County office building to listen to a real plan for home owner tax relief. It was the fourth, and final stop on the town hall tour, as Kaine persuades voters to elect him to the Commonwealth's highest office.

He's been all across Virginia discussing the same topics in Fairfax, Henrico, and Roanoke counties, but on Tuesday his focus was on the County of Albemarle and the issues of its citizens.

In addition to these topics is his plan for homeowners' tax relief. Homeowners and others attending Tuesday's meeting heard the proposal, giving localities the power to exempt up to 20% of the assessed value of owned homes and farms from taxation.

The candidate for governor said his proposal would not freeze the rapid growth of property assessments, or operate like the 1998 car tax phaseout. Supporters are pleased with his plan.

Carl Moje, an Albemarle County Kaine supporter said, "I like the fact it offers localities the flexibility to apply the tax relief where it sees fit."

Zach Fields, a University of Virginia student and Kaine supporter said, "I'm absolutely in support of Tim Kaine. He's the only candidate for governor who's consistently stood up for public education, most importantly with last year's budget reform. I heard Jerry Kilgore came out with a plan for education, but in the past he's been for cutting funds for education. "

Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore's plan to cap assessment increases at 5% each year. In a statement, Kilgore describes his opponent's tax plan as "a cookie shack selling three cookies for $1.00 when the actual discount is three for $1.25," according to his press secretary Tim Murtaugh.

Lt. Gov. Kaine replied by saying, "The whole cookie thing I do not get, but maybe I am not smart enough to get the point."

This will be a very heated election for the gubernatorial candidates. Both campaigns expect their campaigning to be just like one big town hall meeting itself.

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