Transparent government, lower taxes, individual rights
Josh's opponent in the primary cast the deciding vote to raise property taxes 8.5% next year.
Josh's opponent cast the deciding vote to raise the meals tax to the highest in Virginia!
This April, while many of our county restaurants are closing forever and other counties are offering restaurants tax relief, my opponent voted to hit our businesses with yet more taxes. These are not just lost restaurant options and jobs, but the end of many family businesses.
They just raised property taxes by 8.5% - how much taxes are enough?
Josh's opponent cast the deciding vote against Categorical Funding and budget transparency.
Did you know that, unlike many counties, Frederick County does not publish a detailed, line-item budget? This is YOUR MONEY, and we have a right to see where our money is being spent. We did not elect our officials to spend our money in secret.
Josh's opponent cast the deciding vote to deny funding to provide insurance to our volunteer fire and rescue stations.
Frederick County has in the past provided financial support to the fire and rescue stations, who provide the fire fighting and ambulances that answer when you call 911. Supporting volunteer stations is a smart investment, as volunteers risk their lives for you and do so for free.
An 8.5% property tax increase, a 2% meals tax increase, yet my opponent votes not to spend a small amount for our first responders.
Josh's opponent claims to be a "Common Sense Conservative," by which he means not conservative at all. He campaigned on keeping taxes low, but consistently voted to raise taxes and against showing us where the money is being spent.
Josh Ludwig will vote NO on increased taxes and strongly supports line-item budget transparency and Categorical Funding.
Josh Ludwig is the only conservative in this race.
You can reverse this damage by voting for me on May 15th!
The county budget was voted on April 14, 2021. You can watch it yourself here:
Some key moments:
22:05 Supervisor Dunn presents amendment to adopt categorical funding
22:28 Supervisor Stegmaier votes no
Amendment fails 4-3
By blocking categorical funding my opponent assured that for yet another year the Board of Supervisors cannot assure that funding for teacher raises and school bus purchases will be used as intended.
31:10 Supervisor Dunn presents amendment to support our volunteer fire and rescue stations with $151,000 in insurance premiums
35:20 Supervisor Stegmaier votes no on volunteer fire and rescue funding
Amendment fails 4-3
By blocking this funding my opponent fails to support volunteer first responders, who risk their lives without pay to provide our fire and emergency medical services.
59:00 Board takes up the budget
59:20 Supervisor Graber clarifies budget includes an 8.5% property tax increase
1:00:10 Supervisor Stegmaier votes yes
Budget with 8.5% property tax increase and 2% meals tax increase passes 4-3
By voting for the highest tax budget before the Board, my opponent breaks his pledge on taxes and hammers our local restaurants, already suffering during the pandemic.
1:05:30 Supervisor Graber notes that the Emergency Radio System bid process is currently flawed and risks lawsuits and delays
1:09:00 Supervisor Dunn notes risk of 2 lawsuits by proceeding with current bids
1:10:55 Supervisor Stegmaier votes to rush forward
While most supervisors recognize the process is flawed and postpone final decision, my opponent's position is counter to the science in the Technical Assessment and risks waste, delay, and lawsuits.