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Monday, October 29, 2007

Smart Growth Solutions from Don Sowder

Message from the Sowder campaign on Smart Growth Solutions

Message from Midlothian Supervisor Don Sowder--PLEASE FORWARD--‏

As our Supervisor, Don Sowder is working with our local, state, and federal officials to find smart, sensible solutions to manage growth in Midlothian.

Smart-Growth Solutions.

Don Sowder will continue to focus on moving Chesterfield County closer to the desirable residential growth to commercial growth - 70/30 ratio - that helps take the tax burden off of homeowners. Currently, about 20% of property taxes come from businesses and retail development. In just 11 months, Midlothian Supervisor Don Sowder has championed the Cloverleaf Mall revitalization and has begun bringing in corporate headquarters and high-end businesses to the Watkins Center and Meadowville Technology Park, moving Chesterfield closer to 30%.

Don Sowder knows that there’s still more work to be done...

Don’s opponent says we are moving in the wrong direction on growth management, adding that the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission are not functioning together.

Don’s opponent currently is the Chairman of the Planning Commission and during his period of leadership, the Planning Commission has approved 29,889 homes and denied only 2,208 from July 2001-September 2007.1 Last year Don’s opponent opposed reducing property taxes because it doesn't make good economic sense.2 1. (Planning Commission minutes) 2. (Chesterfield Observer, October 25, 2006)

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