John P. Grzejka * *
Education: BS, accounting, Strayer University; master commissioner of revenue, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia.
Occupation: Commissioner of revenue.
Elected offices/civic activities: Commissioner of revenue, City of Manassas, 1999-present; member, Manassas City Council; treasurer, City of Manassas; trustee, Prince William Health System; assistant governor, Rotary District 7610; past president, Rotary Club of Manassas; past chairman, Virginia Railway Express; past chairman, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission; member, Manassas Republican Committee; affiliate member, Prince William Association of Realtors; past director, Manassas Dance Company; past director, Prince William Symphony; past vice president, Greater Manassas Baseball League; past treasurer, Manassas Jaycees.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"Manassas needs better tools to eliminate overcrowding in our residential communities. Cost of services is outstripping the residential revenues generated, and if Manassas is unable to eliminate residential overcrowding, I believe property values will decline over time. Also, statewide candidates for governor do not understand that real estate assessments do not determine the amount of tax that will be paid, but the tax rate that is set by the governing body determines how much tax citizens will pay. Citizens have control today in removing councilmen at the ballot box who raise taxes more than needed."
Why should voters elect you?
"I have 27 years of experience and service to Manassas and promise to continue to be an advocate and watchdog for taxpayer's interests."