You know, with Fairfax County projecting a $58-fricking-million-dollar budget shortfall next year, one would have thought that the mere mention of tossing grand sums of County money at a sports franchise would've been summarily laughed off of the agenda, and the person making such a suggestion helpfully escorted to the nearest asylum.
Fortunately for us, such commonsense actions would seem to escape Fairfax County entirely.
What better way to tell your grandchildren you love them than to vote them into fiscal slavery, right?
By a narrow vote Dec. 2, Loudoun's supervisors rejected a proposal to form a marketing partnership with the Redskins for a fee of $250,000. The money also would have gone toward plans for a Redskins hall of fame to be built in Loudoun.By "tourism dollars," Fairfax County obviously means your tax revenue. And Lord knows how much the boondoggle will cost in the end, but I can promise you that it will be at least three orders of magnitude higher than $250,000—Which of course would be a paltry sum for the MEGA-millionaires at the Washington Redskins, to boot.
Now, Fairfax is looking to pick up the ball and run with it.
During a board meeting Dec. 8, the Fairfax Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to look at using tourism dollars to attract the Redskins.
“Any kind of partnership with the Redskins would be advantageous to a jurisdiction like Fairfax County for the economic development and tourism tax dollars it could bring in,” Supervisor Patrick Herrity (R-Springfield) said in a written statement.