Monday, January 31, 2011
Mayor Ireton has commandeered the police, fire, ambulance and NSCC to sweep the North Camden Area this week from Monday- Thursday. The area includes Waverly through Riverside, North Camden through South Blvd. No public notice was put in the paper. No notices or letters to landlords, property managers or homewoners were sent as a courtesy.
This is a gotcha game to drum up as many violation numbers as they can identify on rental properties. Last time they wrote up items such as a gum wrapper on the ground, leaves in the gutters in November and small amounts of mildew on siding in order to artificially inflate their numbers to make the case that all landlords are slumlords. Additionally, if you did not let them in, NSCC walked around your property and opened sheds and basement doors to inspect the interior. The government is technically not allowed to enter a property unannounced without a warrant which requires probable cause.
Salisbury is now Government Occupied Territory.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/31/2011 11:11:00 AM
SOMERSET TAXES LIKELY TO RISE
Commissioners meet on Tuesday
1. Even with new assessments showing a 20% decrease in property value, will tax bills continue to rise?
2. Have any of the County Commissioners voiced a commitment to cut spending by 20% or more? Without 20% in spending cuts, tax rates will have to increase 20%.
3. Has Budget Director Gene Adkins vowed to reduce the budget 20%? Without budget reductions, taxes will rise.
4. Has anyone vowed to retain or lower the present tax rate?
Commissioners and Budget Director Adkins must cut spending when revenues decline, county spending must reflect the lower revenue. The Commissioners should require all departments to make that 20% cut. Additionally the county must end the practice of removing property from the tax base. Somerset purchased a marina and several acres of farm land in recent years. How much revenue are these properties generating for the county after having lost valuable tax dollars? Most recently the former Carvel Hall plant has been donated to the city of Crisfield losing that revenue and the county has a contract to purchase a burned out private residence in Westover next to the park.
With a 20% loss to assessments, county leaders must balance that loss with budget reductions. Wasteful spending can no longer be cast on the back's of the remaining property owners.
Commissioners, are you listening?
Budget Director Adkins, are you listening?
Maintaining constant yield is not an option. Maintaining constant yield would allow Somerset County to spend the same dollars as last year with no cuts. When individuals and households experience declining income, cuts in spending become necessary. Somerset County must do the same.
Ask the Commissioners WHERE they intend to cut spending at the next meeting 02/01/2011 2PM or 02/15/2011 2PM.
Email Mr. Adkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the Commissioners at email@example.com
SPEAK OUT NOW !
COMPLAINING WHEN YOUR TAXES SPIKE WILL do NO GOOD!
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/31/2011 10:30:00 AM
Mike McDermott has written a letter to the Worcester County Commissioners asking for.....drum roll please....OFFICE SPACE! Mike feels that by the Worcester County Commissioners and the tax payers of Worcester County giving him office space, he'll be able to stay in touch with his constituents. The previous Delegate Jim Mathias never asked for any such thing he went and rented it himself!
If Mike McDermott works for the State of Maryland, why not ask the State of Maryland to pony up some office space for free? Mike is making around $43,500.00 from the State of Maryland and around $70,000.00 as a part time Worcester County Deputy. That is over $100,000.00 a year. Given that the lower shore's average income is $51,650 Mike is earning over twice that which the "average" citizen earns!
Mike do the taxpayers of Worcester County a favor. Lease your own office space. You can afford it and we don't need you living off the backs of the taxpayers, isn't it funny that the Democrat didn't.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/31/2011 09:00:00 AM