Correct me if I am Wrong, But A Debate on my blog Regarding Wargotz V Rutledge Supporters – Rutledge Supporters win this battle – Queen Annes County to raise Taxes (As I stated and I did, Correct me If I am Wrong)


http://www.examiner.com/x-39477-Baltimore-Conservative-Issues-Examiner~y2010m5d26-Tone-deaf-on-taxes-in-Queen-Annes-County#comments

Editor’s Correction, per Mark Newgent and Kevin Waterman:  Here is what they have told me, and I am printing that.

Mark Newgent

Jeff,

You’re misrepresenting what I wrote. Here are the facts.

1. The QAC County Commissioners did not propose the tax increases a citizens budget committee made the recommendations. … See More

2. There is no evidence yet that Wargotz supports or opposes the tax increases

Kevin Waterman:

For the record, I was at the meeting last night. Commissioner Wargotz made very clear he is opposed to the recommendations of the Citizens’ Budget Committee and said he will vote against any tax increases.

QAC budget committee insults opponents of tax increases
QAC budget committee insults opponents of tax increases
(Photo via QAC.org)

I live in Queen Anne’s County, which is facing a $17 million budget deficit. The proposed solution by the the county’s Citizens Budget Committee is to reduce spending by $5.8 million and RAISE taxes. The committees is recommending a increase in the real property tax rate t0 $0.87 per $100 of assessment from $0.77, and an increase in the county’s piggy back tax from 2.8% to 3.2%. This would put QAC’s income tax rate on par with PG, Montgomery, and Howard–the most expensive counties in the state in which to live.

Forget for a moment that the committee did not provide the public with an itemized budget to review only an opaque summary, there are more cuts that can be made especially in the education budget, and that there are non-tax revenue options the county is not pursuing–the committee authors published a condescending executive summary, in which they saw fit to preemptively insult  opponents of their proposed tax increases. Page seven from the committee’s executive summary:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/31985161/Citizens-Budget-Committee-Recommendations-FY2011-7

More on the alternatives to the recommendations later, but the committee authors did themselves no favors by insulting tax increase opponents, who possess ideas to solve the budget problem without doing on the backs of county taxpayers.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kevin Waterman on May 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    For the record, I was at the meeting last night. Commissioner Wargotz made very clear he is opposed to the recommendations of the Citizens’ Budget Committee and said he will vote against any tax increases.

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  2. Posted by Mark Newgent on May 26, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    Jeff,

    You’re misrepresenting what I wrote. Here are the facts

    1. The QAC County Commissioners did not propose the tax increases a citizens budget committee made the recommendations.

    2. There is no evidence yet that Wargotz supports or opposes the tax increases

    Reply

  3. Posted by Kimberly on May 26, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    I wonder how Dr. Wargotz feels about the deficit? Doesn’t he share part of the responsibility for the deficit?

    “Opposing” the recommendations of the Citizen’s Budge Committee and voting against tax increases is not solving the bigger problem of over spending. Why was he not proactive prior to this point? Why was he not standing up to all of the elements that have blown the deficit out of the water? Voting NO is not a solution- it is a vote of necessity and opportunity (for the voter).

    The overspending and diminished revenue is a reality for all levels of government in this country. Individuals have to be personally responsible and mind their own budgets…why does it seem cities, counties, states and the feds can spend and disregard the art of a balanced budget? The only time the “spenders” seem to show an iota of concern is at moments now when the reality of their budgets is exposed or when they are up for re-election or running for another office.

    Supporting is not the same as endorsing and opposing is not the same as actively stopping the process in the early stages. Sorry, Dr. Wargotz’s “opposition vote” does little to aid in this scenario…where was the fiscal responsibility in the building of the deficit for QA? Rest assured, you are not alone in this. Many elected officials are facing the music for their actions in the past.

    We the voters have a shared responsibility- stop expecting your elected officials to “bring home the bacon”. Communicate with them that you would prefer a balanced budget and healthy coffers vice new programs, fat pay raises, etc.

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  4. Posted by Scottie on May 26, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    QAC has no deficit. What is being discussed is the next fiscal budget not the current one. I have lived here decades and Wargotz has been trying to cut government costs since installed and has done a pretty good job at it. The tax-rate has been kept down as well as many other costs, because of his leadership and coordinated efforts.

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