Fairfax County Property Tax Rates Historical Chart – Version 2

Thanks to a very helpful librarian at the City of Fairfax Regional Library, I was able to make a little more progress in my search to create a historical chart of propert tax rates.  I am back to 1968.

The chart below shows “effective” tax rates.  up until 1977, the actual rate was higher – but real estate was only valued at 40% of it’s total assessment.  I have adjusted those earlier years to make an “apples to apples” comparison.  The number represents the tax per $100 of assessed value – as in $1.09 for every $100 of assessed value.  Sorry the chart isn’t too fancy – but I wanted to get this out there before I forget.

Fairfax County Real Estate Personal Property Tax Rate 1968-2011


Fairfax County Property Tax Rates Historical Chart

On a whim I tried looking for Personal Property (Home) tax rates for Fairfax County going back in time.  I was able to find back to 1995 while searching.  I’ve created the chart below.  If anyone has any corrections, further data, or can point me to earlier years just leave me a comment.


KRename is a Linux Photographer’s Best Friend

Or – at least – a really great tool to use.

If you are anything more than a casual Linux-based photographer you know that Linux provides its own set of challenges when dealing with your pictures.

Although all photographers don’t do this, I like to rename my pictures as soon as I have downloaded them to my hard drive.  Although some people simply manage their pictures through keywords, metadata, or IPTC standards, I still prefer picture names that give me a little idea of what they contain.  Who wouldn’t prefer “Puppy_first_birthday_22Apr2010_001.jpg” to “DSC1097.jpg“?  Now I don’t need specialized photo software to know what I’m looking at.

If I were really good in Linux I would have written myself a nice script to rename the files from one version to another.  I’m not that good.  But I did find a tool that works great!  KRename.  I’ve attached a couple screenshots of the program.

First, here is what you see when you start up the program – Just drag and drop:

KRename on opening

KRename on opening

There are several options for what you can do with your files:

What you can do with KRename

What you can do with KRename

Finally – you can figure out the new names for your files – including incrementing numbers!

Renaming your Files

Renaming your Files

I did a little looking, and KRename looks like it is in the Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora repositories.  If you can’t find it, you can go to http://www.krename.net to get the latest version. I have probably renamed over 2000 files with this program (about 20 at a time) – and never had a problem.  I highly recommend it!

Goodluck with your pictures 🙂