The article was very informative and we appreciate the information. It appears quite simply that the government overstepped their rights. They should have just issued tax bills at the 1998 rate instead of jumping the gun and assuming that they had rights to change their computer systems and bill everyone per a new assessment value when the valuation project was not complete. The fact that they would have to go to a lot of trouble and expense to change the system to adhere to the injunction is not our problem.
The people have a right to be protected by the law and the courts. The Government has no special right above the people and the courts. The Government is for the people and by the people, remember our constitution? The property tax value project was incomplete and certain Government officials felt they could cut corners and exercise their power over the court system and ignore the fact that the injunction had not been lifted. If this is allowed to occur, then this will set a precedent that the courts really have no power and that Government officials are actually outside the authority of the court. What is the rule for one should be the rule for all. An individual would not have the right to violate an injunction by the court. So why should the government. Sanctions, fines etc are the right of the court for any violation, again the Government should not be a special case.
Dana and Todd Cregger
Falls Church, Virginia
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