The Post editorial on Fairfax County's coming fiscal crisis {July 3} didn't really hit home until I read another publication, City & State magazine, which concentrates on local governments. A recent edition of City & State outlined the top 50 counties in the United States in order of overall spending.

Guess what county ranked first in personal property taxes levied per capita, first in total revenues per capita and third in overall long-term debt? That's right -- Fairfax.

Having worked on Jack Herrity's campaign in 1986, I shouldn't be surprised that his predictions about an Audrey Moore chairmanship would come true; however, to think we have gone from being one of the most fiscally responsible counties in the nation to the one with the highest taxes and third-highest debt is scary.

How can families working in Fairfax -- families working to save for their children's education -- afford to live here? The answer is they no longer can.

I've lived in this county all of my 34 years, and my wife and I are raising two children. I work for the federal government in a top position, yet we can't afford to save anything for the future.

With the third-highest long-term debt, things won't be getting much better, either. I love Fairfax County -- its history, beauty and location, but our board of supervisors is ransoming our future. The supervisors say there is no waste in county spending. They say they are providing tax relief for homeowners and senior citizens. They have told us many things during this Moore term. I say -- no "Moore" taxes.

The Post editorial was two years late and a billion dollars short. ROBERT V. L. HARTWELL Alexandria