At a March Board of Supervisors meeting, taxpayer after taxpayer stood up at the microphone and asked that they not get a part of the county’s $1.2M budget surplus. The County had intended to provide tax refunds after last year’s surplus, giving the average resident $30 of the $1.4M refund. But everybody speaking that night said that there are far better uses for that much money than simply returning it. The result of this is that the real estate tax bills were sent out this weekend, and they give everybody the option of sending in a check for the amount of their refund. That’s a little backwards, but the concept is good. To read the full story, see Peter Savodnik’s piece in today’s Progress.