KING WILLIAM COUNTY, VA. There went another $5,000 of your tax payer dollars in June used to fight a small farm with a modern business idea. This now brings the total to over $31,000.
When will King William County realize that supporting small business is more beneficial in the long term than harassing them in the short term? It's as if they lack the understanding of basic business incubation and growth. Companies like Microsoft and Apple were both started in a garage.
King William officials choose to waste away tax dollars now going after a meals tax they want to charge my King William customers that to date would generate about $20 in revenue over the last 2 years.
Over time far more legitimate tax revenue can be generated through investments I'll make to support growth (e.g. Greenhouses, vehicles, food tax). Maybe I should just reincorporate in a different county and let that county benefit from this?
All I've ever asked for is justification why I should tax my KW customers. Maybe they thought they could strong arm a farmer into doing whatever they said? Maybe big words on fancy letterhead was a successful tactic they've used in the past?
What I've received is a failure to address any of the valid points I have raised, insulting and illegal settlement offers, and the Commissioner's subjective "opinion" as justification. That doesn't cut it for this modern day farmer.
When I filed an appeal to the State Tax Commissioner, King William County and their army of lawyers opened up the code and found a technicality that doesn't allow the State Tax Commissioner to rule on a Food & Beverage Tax appeal. I already knew that technicality was there, but I was hoping to save the expense (both mine and OURS) of a court case.
As a result of their letter the appeal was dismissed and the State Tax Commissioner encouraged me to pursue my appeal in court. That won't be cheap for King William County.
So while King William is probably thinking they won for now, how much more has this decision actually costed the County taxpayer? The only one to win in this latest decision was the County Attorney and his law firm. They still get paid regardless of the outcome - the longer this goes on the more they make.
So much more to come, sadly at the cost of our tax dollars leaving the county to pay city lawyers and at the cost of King William County's reputation as a county that would rather harass than support small business development.