Election Day, 2004
On election day, members of "Save Crow's Nest" distributed flyers reminding folks that preserving Crow's Nest is a non-partisan issue. The content of that flyer--current at the time--is reproduced below (in a different format).
Crow’s Nest Saves Taxpayer Dollars
your elected official your choice
More houses and more taxes
What is Crow’s
Nest is a nearly 4,000-acre peninsula in eastern Stafford County, about 7
miles east of I-95. It is the largest remaining undeveloped tract of land
in the County. The state of
Virginia has identified Crow’s Nest as one of highest conservation
priorities in state. Why?
Because preserving the property would help protect water quality,
create recreational opportunities, safeguard biodiversity, preserve green
space, and maintain historic and cultural resources.
a preserved Crow's Nest, Stafford residents would just be minutes away
Crow’s Nest be costly for Stafford County taxpayers?
Crow’s Nest is developed, taxpayers will pay tens of millions of dollars
for new schools, roads, and public services.
Buying and preserving Crow’s Nest will save taxpayers
money while at the same time investing in a better quality of life for our
What have our elected
officials, the Stafford Board of Supervisors, done to save Crow’s
mid-January 2004, the Board unanimously stated their support for saving
they identified and qualified for a $30 million low-interest loan from the
State of Virginia to purchase Crow’s Nest.
the Board of Supervisors has a limited time to vote to approve the loan
and negotiate a contract to purchase Crow’s Nest with the seller.
contact your Supervisor today and ask them to act!
idea that communities can ‘build’ their way to prosperity through
development of their open space is losing credibility as both rural and
suburban/urban localities struggle to meet the financial burdens of new
schools, roads, water and sewer, and other public services.
Studies consistently show that open space and agricultural lands
require only $0.3 to 0.75 in public services for every $1 of tax revenue
collected, whereas residential development requires between $1.19 to $1.75
in public services for every $1 of taxes paid.” (From
Heritage Virginia: A Strategic Plan for Conservation of the
Commonwealth's Natural and Cultural Resources, December 2003 prepared
by Virginia's United Land Trusts.)