Bowlsbey seeks power to ram through legislation

Are you comfortable with allowing politicians to ram through legislation with less time for public input?

That’s exactly what the McCarthy Administration and some members of the County Council are hoping to achieve.

Enter Council President Joyce Bowlsbey, who days ago submitted legislation that would allow the council to rob the public of two weeks worth of time to voice their opinion on pending legislation.

Resolution 44-2017 would make it standard operating procedure for the council to vote “yea” or “nay” on bills moments after a public hearing has been held.

Currently, the public has two full weeks to lobby for or against legislation the after a public hearing has concluded.

But if Bowlsbey and company get their way, this will end very soon.

This isn’t the first time this type of power grab has been considered by our local politicians.

In 2015, Councilman Dan Schneckenburger called for allowing the council to vote on legislation immediately following public hearings.

Bowlsbey supported it then, along with Alan McCarthy who was at that time the Council Vice President.

However, public opposition forced the council to settle for an amendment that would allow them to introduce special “expedited” legislation is some circumstances.

But now it appears that the trio of Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government PAC backed politicians are taking another stab at acquiring more power.

Can any citizen feel confident that their concerns are being adequately considered by our council when they know that a final vote will take place moments later?

And how can council members research any issues that are brought up by their constituents if voting will take place the same evening?

If these politicians get their way, citizens will have no opportunity to listen to the speakers during public hearings, form their own educated opinion, and contact the council at a later time.

The proposal for post-hearing votes only leads us further in the direction of making it harder for citizens to have a voice in local government.

And since legislation can already be introduced with an “expedited” tag if time is of the essence, you have to ask yourself why there is a push to rush all future legislation.

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to trust the same politicians that lied and promised to fight tax increases, only to stick it to us once in office.

Joyce Bowlsbey refused to reconvene the council to look for budget cuts that would prevent recent tax increases.

Now she is spearheading an attempt to cut you, the taxpayer, out of future conversations.

We cannot continue to allow politicians to shift the power away from citizens and into their own hands.

I urge you to take immediate action by picking up the phone and calling the County Council office to demand that Resolution 44-2017 be immediately withdrawn.

Cecil County Council
Phone: 410-996-5201

The Council will vote on this resolution on September 19th, so it is critical that they hear from you right now.

You and I can make a real difference by simply taking a moment to contact our local representatives and demand that they put our interests first.

We have had success in defeating bad legislation before and we can do it again – but only if you commit to taking action.

Thank you for your continued support of Cecil County Campaign for Liberty!

Schneckenburger serves up a “nothing burger” instead of action

Like burger from a fast food joint that looks nothing like the advertised photo, Councilman Dan Schneckenburger’s “action” on mandatory sewer connections…

…falls far short of doing anything to protect county residents from the McCarthy Administration’s policy of forced sewer connections.

During last Tuesday’s council work session, Schneckenburger submitted a draft letter to other councilors…

…with the intent of “encouraging” County Executive Alan McCarthy to reconsider his policy of mandated sewer connections.

Sounds good right?

Schneckenburger is hoping you think so even though he is refusing to take real action to protect property owners.

You see, the County Council has received a legal opinion from their attorney which states that they can introduce legislation to change county code…

…and protect many property owners from the huge costs associated with the current county policy.

However, Schneckenburger told The Cecil Whig that he does not support using the legislative ability of the council to modify county code.

He compared changing county code to using a “nuclear option” and stated that the McCarthy administration has “every right to set policy.”

So instead of taking meaningful action, Schneckenburger wants to send a letter to the county executive recommending a policy change.

And of course, it’s unlikely that McCarthy will budge after he issued a press release supporting mandatory sewer connections and calling them “fair.”

Schneckenburger knows this but probably believes that uninformed citizens will believe that he is working for their best interests.

In other words, he is hoping that he can use his letter of recommendation as political cover while doing nothing.

Isn’t the first responsibility of government to protect the rights of citizens?

And shouldn’t every available means be used to protect the property rights of the public?

CecilCounty Campaign for Liberty believes that Dan Schneckenburger should stop playing political games and immediately introduce legislation to change county code.

Anything less is unacceptable.

Please take a moment of your time to call and email Dan Schneckenburger and demand that he gets serious…

…about protecting property owners from thousands of dollars in unnecessary sewer connection fees.

Dan Schneckenburger

Make sure to let him know that you understand that he has the power to introduce legislation to protect property owners but is so far unwilling to do so.

Schneckenburger’s “nothing burger” of a solution is exactly why it is so important that we double-down and turn out to the September 19th “Ditch the Sewer Mandate!” Rally and Protest.

Please mark your calendar and commit to attending.

“Ditch the Sewer Mandate” Rally and Protest
September 19th, 6 P.M.
In front of the County Government Building
200 Chesapeake Blvd.,
Elkton, Maryland 21921

There are less than two weeks left until this rally takes place.

You can help us promote this event in order to increase attendance which will turn the heat up on our local elected officials.

Please consider making a donation to our “Ditch the Sewer Mandate!” fund by clicking here.

Your contribution will be used to help us make a last minute push to rally citizens to come out and stand up for private property rights.

Our activists recently visited homes along Marley Road in Elkton (the first area that will be forced to connect to sewer lines) with flyers informing those residents…

…of the current sewer policy and inviting them to attend the September 19th rally.

No other organization in Cecil County is putting this kind of effort into protecting citizens from out-of-control government tyranny.

But without adequate funding, we can only do so much.

So again, I ask you to please consider making a much-needed and worthwhile contribution of $10, $25, $50 or $100 today to fight this mandatory sewer hookup scheme.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the “Ditch the Sewer Mandate!” rally and protest.

Just Announced: Mandatory Sewer Connection Protest

All of the details have been finalized, now we need you to help us protect private property rights in Cecil County.

Please mark your calendar and commit to attending the:

“Ditch the Sewer Mandate” Rally and Protest
September 19th, 6 P.M.
In front of the County Government Building
200 Chesapeake Blvd.,
Elkton, Maryland 21921

This event is a protest and rally to oppose the McCarthy Administration’s policy of forcing property owners with functioning septic systems to connect to the county sewer lines.

Property owners who are forced to connect will be charged a $6,000.00 connection fee by the county.

They will also be responsible for draining and filling their septic tank with stone and hiring a plumbing contractor to make necessary changes inside their homes.

County government may also institute a “benefit assessment fee” which could be as high a $8,000.00.

Total cost to property owners could easily reach a whopping $15,000.00!

Stand up for private property rights by attending this event.

We will gather outside of the Cecil County Government building for a peaceful protest of this mandatory sewer connection policy starting a 6 P.M.

Please bring a homemade sign that displays a message that you oppose forced sewer connections.

At 7 P.M., participants will be encouraged to enter the building and attend the County Council Meeting…

…and to sign up to speak in opposition of the mandatory connection policy during the public comment portion of the council meeting.

It is critical that we show up in large numbers to show our County Council that we demand that they take action to protect property owners from this anti-liberty policy.

Please make every effort to show up and stand against tyranny with fellow liberty activists.

You can also help us make this protest a success by clicking here and inviting your Facebook contacts to attend.

Don’t wait, mark your calendar now and we’ll see you at 6 P.M. on September 19th!

**IMPORTANT UPDATE** – Forced sewer connections

The topic of the McCarthy Administration’s mandatory sewer connection policy was finally brought up for discussion during Tuesday’s council work session meeting.

This is a direct result of the hundreds of “Ditch the Sewer Mandate” emails that have flooded into the council from concerned citizens like you.

The majority of the County Council agreed to contact their attorney and ask for an opinion on how they could amend the current policy.

However, I want to be clear – the council has NOT committed to taking any action to protect property owners at this time.

They are merely investigating their options.

And while we are hopeful that action will be taken, we understand that we must double-down…

…and continue our efforts to prevent property owners from being forced to connect to county sewer lines at a huge personal cost.

Council members like Dan Schneckenburger and George Patchell have a history of promising to protect citizens, only to flip-flop later when it comes time to vote.

You and I have been successful in getting the ball rolling, but I can promise you that without continued pressure, it will come to a complete stop.

Cecil County Campaign for Liberty is in the beginning stages of organizing a protest of the current county policy requiring property owners to backfill their working septic system and then connect to county sewer lines.

I can’t stress this enough: we must have a large turnout to make this protest successful.

Low attendance will be seen by the politicians as an excuse to do little or nothing.

We need your help and a commitment to join with us in protecting private property rights.

Are you in?

Click here to let us know that you will make every possible effort to attend this protest when the date is finalized.

After enough people have committed to attend, we’ll schedule the protest to take place at the County Administration building immediately before a council meeting.

We’ll also encourage liberty lovers like you to attend the council meeting following the protest and to speak in opposition of forced sewer connections.

And believe me, they need to hear from you on this issue.

While the council did agree to seek legal counsel on this matter, some of the discussion was still downright disturbing.

Councilman Meffley said that “free” connections should be considered.

Sounds great until you consider that property owners will still be forced to shell out thousands of dollars at their personal expense…

…to drain and fill their existing septic tanks and hire a plumbing contractor to make connections inside of their homes. 

This is not an acceptable solution!

Councilwoman Gregory talked about possible incentives and amending the policy by removing connection deadlines.

However, this does nothing to address the “triggering events” that would still force property owners to connect.

And McCarthy administration representative Al Wein told the council that the administration believes that “adequate relief” was already given to property owners when connection fees were reduced to $6000.00.

You can see from these statements that we still have much work to do.

This is why it is so important that you commit to keeping some of your limited time open to join us at the “Ditch the Sewer Mandate” protest.

A few years ago, rural property owners were stripped of their property rights under the tier map regulations.

Now big government has its sights set on controlling property owners in “growth corridors.”

Whose property rights will come under attack next?

As Founding Father John Dickinson wrote, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

Please share this information and encourage friends and family to sign up and attend the “Ditch the Sewer Mandate” protest.

Everyone who signs up will be notified of the exact time and date well in advance.

Thanks for your support!

McCarthy says mandatory sewer connections are “fair.”

County Executive Alan McCarthy continued to promote his anti-property rights and tax-n-spend agenda by submitting a letter to the Cecil Whig endorsing mandatory sewer connections.

In that letter, McCarthy characterized government forced connections as “fair” and “better for the environment.”

Click here to demand that your County Council takes immediate action to protect to protect homeowners from this financially burdensome and unnecessary policy.

This letter was clearly a response to the hundreds of emails that citizens like you have flooded his and the county councilors’ offices with.

However, he still doesn’t get it – or he doesn’t care.

No reasonable person could ever describe forcing property owners to abandon their perfectly working septic systems and incurring thousands of dollars of expenses in order to connect to a county run sewer system as “fair.”

Even more outrageous is McCarthy’s assertion that the county policy will provide “flexibility” and “relief” to property owners who are subjected to this terrible mandate.

“Flexibility” infers that property owners will have a choice.

They don’t.

They must connect or face legal action from the county.

The only option that property owners in some cases have is when they connect.

And waiting to connect will surely cost property owners more as prices rise.

Don’t have the money to pay the $6,000.00 connection fee?

Here’s where McCarthy’s so-called “relief” comes in.

You see McCarthy proudly announced that property owners can utilize a county financing plan.

All you will have to do is put $2000.00 down and the remaining balance can be paid off over a 10 year period – with interest, of course.

Laughably, McCarthy notes that mandatory sewer connections eliminate future septic repair and pump-out costs but fails to mention the quarterly sewer user fees that will be charged to users.

He also fails to mention the thousands of dollars property owners will be forced to pay out to have their septic systems drained and filled with stone.

He also doesn’t mention the possible “user benefit fee” which could be as high as $8000.00 according to the chief of the public works dept.

And while McCarthy is painting a dishonest picture of just how burdensome this mandate is for property owners, the entire County Council has remained silent.

That’s right, not one member of the council has made any public statements on this subject, nor have they included any discussions on how to protect property owners in their meetings.

Cecil County Campaign for Liberty is committed to doing everything possible to shield property owners from this outrageous mandate, but we need your help.

First, If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment of your time to sign this pre-written email opposing these mandatory connections.

Secondly, we need large numbers of people who are willing to join us in confronting the county council during a future meeting to demand action.

We’ll make an announcement of when we plan to do this in the future, but right now, we must continue to inform the public and grow our numbers.

Help us do that by sharing this information with everyone you know in Cecil County.

We’ll also be heading out into the areas that will be affected by this mandate first and we’ll be going door to door to organize resistance.

Stay tuned and be prepared to act.

Audit of CCPS reveals waste and overspending

A shocking audit of the financial management practices of Cecil County Public Schools has just been released by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits.

Only weeks after huge tax increases were just levied on taxpayers like you and me, which were partially due to yet another huge increase to Cecil County Public Schools…

…this audit of CCPS shows serious examples of wasted taxpayer dollars.

Add your name to the list of citizen’s who oppose increased spending that leads to higher taxes and fees.

The audit contains eleven findings that resulted in millions of taxpayer-funded dollars being wasted.

One finding astonishingly identified that CCPS over paid bus contractors by a whopping $7.8 million because of a faulty methodology for determining payments.

But that’s not the only issue they found with CCPS transportation.

The audit also discovered that CCPS did not exclude federal fuel excise taxes from payments to bus

This resulted in an overpayment of $379,000.00 to bus contractors from 2011-2015.

To make matters worse, it was discovered that inefficient bus routes resulted in some bus routes operating at less than 50% of the target capacity.

In other words, more buses are in use than need to be, wasting taxpayers money.

I don’t know about you, but I’m outraged that my property tax bill just went up so that CCPS could be awarded an increase of $1.7 million in this year’s budget

especially when they are clearly not being good stewards of our tax dollars.

Another finding highlighted the fact that CCPS frequently did not make use of a competitive procurement process including…

…entering into a $14.1 million purchasing agreement with a solar energy provider

Because of this, CCPS entered into a purchasing agreement which resulted in higher costs than other government entities paid for similar services.

You’d think that with all of the high paid administrators that are employed by CCPS, someone would be shopping for the best price for services.

This audit concludes that they were not.

There were many other issues that were discovered by the audit, including:

  • Risks of unauthorized vendor payments.
  • Open wi-fi allowing anyone in the vicinity to access the CCPS data center.
  • Sloppy accounting practices that could result in unauthorized disbursements being processed without detection.
  • CCPS did not assess the benefits of using intergovernmental cooperative
    purchasing agreements (ICPA) as required by State law, which could have provided cost benefits.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the full CCPS audit by clicking here.

This audit is a prime example of why Maryland Campaign for Liberty has been fighting against increased government spending and higher taxes and fees.

If you have been following our work here in Cecil County, you know that every year, CCPS demands more and more of our hard-earned money.

And the politicians willingly hand it over like clockwork.

This year was no different as Councilors Bowlsbey, Patchell, Schneckenburger, and Meffley opposed funding CCPS at the more than adequate level of last year…

…and instead vocally supported raising CCPS funding to record levels.

Equally outrageous is the fact that legislation recently introduced on behalf of Executive McCarthy…

…seeks to borrow money to pay for the installation of the first of many artificial turf fields at local schools.

That’s right, the county will borrow money and pay interest to fund a turf field while CCPS is throwing millions of dollars down the drain!

Now, more than ever, we must stand together and oppose out-of-control government spending.

In just a few short months, County Executive Alan Mccarthy will begin to work on the FY2019 budget.

Help us prepare to oppose more tax increases and reckless spending by adding your name to our “No Tax and Fee Increases” petition by clicking here.

The waste of millions of dollars by CCPS is proof that throwing money at government departments is not the answer.

Please share this information with Cecil County friends and family.

Thank you for helping to defend liberty!

County Sewer Mandate Could Cost You Thousands of $$$

As if his 5% property tax increase and 7% income tax increase wasn’t enough, County Executive Alan McCarthy wants even more of your hard earned money.

And it’s no small amount.

We’re talking about an estimated $18,000.00 worth of fees that will be imposed on homeowners who are victimized by a new push…

…to force homeowners to connect to current and future county sewer lines.

Click here to demand that your County Council takes immediate action to protect to protect homeowners from this financially burdensome and unnecessary policy.

Here’s what we know:

McCarthy has instructed his Director of Public Works to begin enforcing a policy requiring any home on a septic system, even if the septic is working perfectly fine

to hook up to public sewer where available now, and where available in the future, at a cost of a whopping $6,000.00!

The fee for sewer connections was just lowered from $12,000.00 to $6,000.00, but this lower connection fee is only in place for two years.

Who knows what homeowners will be required to pay if they are unable to afford the cost of mandatory connections during this temporary fee reduction period.

And if sewer lines are run in your community after this two year period, you too will potentially be paying a lot more when the bureaucrats notify you of your obligation to connect.

However, the actual connection fee isn’t the only huge expense to the home owner.

The McCarthy Administration is also requiring that your septic system is drained, have holes drilled in the bottom, and be filled with gravel at the owner’s expense.

Homeowners will also be responsible for hiring a plumbing contractor to do any necessary rerouting of indoor pipes.

And to add insult to injury, Scott Flanigan, Director of Public Works, told the Cecil Whig that the county could implement a “benefit assessment fee” that could add another $8,000.00 to the cost!

Flanigan reported to the County Council that the total cost per home to do this would be around $18,000.00 and that the County WILL force the homeowner to pay for this.

Click here to send a quick and easy pre-written email to the entire County Council demanding they protect homeowners.

You paid $10,000 to $20,000 for your working septic system but now the County will force you to pay for their sewer system…to benefit who?

Not currently close to a sewer line?  Feeling safe??

Don’t, because the sewer system is expanding rapidly to areas far and near within the County.  No one is safe from the expansion and this mandate.

Who can afford this ridiculous bureaucratic maneuver by the County government?

We must act now and demand that the County Council take action to prevent this egregious government overreach.

The first step is to contact the council so that they are aware of the growing opposition to mandated sewer connections.

We’ve made this first step incredibly easy for you.

Simply take 10 seconds of your time to click here to sign and send a pre-written “Ditch the Sewer Mandate” email to the entire County Council.

The County Council has an obligation to protect our property rights and defend the citizens of Cecil County from an out of control Executive who is happy to spend YOUR money!

By contacting them with our easy form email tool, they’ll know that large numbers of their constituents are watching and expecting them to take immediate action.

Cecil County Campaign for Liberty will be monitoring developments on this issue as they develop…

… and we’ll be ready as always to fight to protect the liberty of Cecil County citizens.

We’ll continue to keep you updated and informed about the Council’s actions and important public hearing as they are announced.

Local Government Waste?

Our next Cecil County Campaign for Liberty Meeting will be held:

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Hurricane Grill & Wings
801 E. Pulaski Hwy, Elkton, MD

Our featured guest speaker for this meeting is local activist Russ Johnson.

Mr. Johnson has been dedicating much of his time to digging through the FY2018 budget to root out any unnecessary government spending

that could be eliminated in order to prevent the proposed 5% property and 2 point income taxes that have been proposed by County Executive Alan McCarthy.

Guest speaker Russ Johnson

Mr. Johnson has requested and obtained local government documents that shed some light into county spending that has not been reported on anywhere else.

You won’t want to miss this informative presentation.

Also on the agenda for our May 10th meeting:

  • Key budget dates and action items to prevent tax increases.
  • An update on our campaign to deliver petitions and “No Tax Increase!” emails to the county council.
  • Holding politicians accountable for their budget votes.
  • Open Mic for the public to discuss issues important to them.
Cecil County Campaign for Liberty is an issue-based group of activists dedicated to restoring constitutionally limited government.

We have a proven track record of advancing the cause of liberty in Cecil County.

If you’d like to get involved and informed, we urge you to join us on May 10th.

As a reminder, our meetings are always open to the public, free, and family-friendly.

Excellent food and beverages are available before, during and after our meetings from our gracious hosts at Hurricane Grill and Wings.

Why not invite some friends and family to join you for dinner while learning what you can do to help restore our liberties?

We recommend that you bring your preferred method of taking notes on the information and action items that are presented.

Petitions delivered, Council refuses to go on the record

Tuesday evening, Maryland Campaign for Liberty State Coordinator Bob Willick delivered the first batch of “No Tax Increase” petitions to our County Council.

Thanks to you, Mr. Willick was able to get the attention of the Council, due to the sizable stack of 500 petitions that contained the names of Cecil citizens who oppose Executive McCarthy’s outrageous tax hikes.

This was only the first of multiple trips to deliver petitions as representatives from Cecil County Campaign for Liberty…

…will continue to deliver these petitions until the council votes on the FY 2018 budget in a little over a month from now.

After handing over the petitions to the Council Manager, Mr. Willick asked for Council Members to publicly commit to making the spending cuts that are necessary to prevent tax increases.

Sadly, not a single Councilor who was present would make that public promise – even though the majority of the council campaigned on “Fighting Tax Increases.”

Click here to watch the video.

Councilors Bob Mefley and Jackie Gregory refused to make any comments concerning budget cuts or tax increases.

Councilman Dan Schneckenburger sidestepped the commitment, saying that the council was still looking at the budget…

…and would look for opportunities to “get the best budget for everybody in Cecil County.”

Council President Joyce Bowlsbey said that she was afraid that the council would not be able to meet our expectations of not raising taxes.

Councilman Geroge Patchell was absent but recently stated that “If we can’t cut, then, you know, we’ll see where we end up.”

These statements (and lack of commitments to making necessary budget cuts) are a clear sign that we must continue to double-down

on collecting petition signatures and making our voices heard.

If I’ve learned anything in politics, it’s that politicians almost always bow to public pressure when the pressure is great enough.

As much as they may whine that they can’t find cuts, what they are really saying is…

…that they don’t believe that tax increases will have negative effects on their political careers.

Trust me, this will change as we continue to deliver hundreds or even thousands of “No Tax Increase” petitions.

But to do this, we desperately need your assistance.

There are three things that we can all do right now to thwart destructive tax increases.

They are simple, but they require action by all of us.

  1. Sign and share, share, share this “No Tax Increase ” petition with all of your Cecil County Contacts. Forward this email to everyone you know in Cecil County.
  2. Click here to download a flyer to educate the public about proposed tax increases. Distribute these flyers wherever you can.
  3. Chip in a few bucks to give us the funding to reach more people in Cecil County by clicking here.

I want you to understand how serious of an issue these proposed tax hikes are in the long term.

If a 5% property tax increase and a two point income tax increase are approved, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will NEVER be decreased.

Even worse, without a strong showing of opposition, the politicians will be emboldened to continue to use we taxpayers as an ATM to pay for frivolous spending increases in future budgets.

A “Drain the Swamp” movement has swept the nation but our local politicians are not getting that message – yet.

Let’s all work together to make sure the Cecil County Council remembers that they work for us.

Councilwoman Gregory noncommittal on preventing tax increases

It’s been more than two weeks since county residents learned of the massive tax increases that are included in County Executive Alan McCarthy’s proposed FY 2018 budget.

And while public outrage over a 5% property tax increase and other tax increases is spreading like a wildfire…

…former Tea Party Leader and now County Councilor Jackie Gregory has so far refrained from assuring taxpayers that she will vote against any and all tax increases.

In an interview with the Cecil Whig, Gregory stated that a tax increase puts an undue burden on the county’s middle class.

However, she stopped short of making a public commitment to vote “no” to any budget that raises taxes on Cecil County citizens.

As a Tea Party leader, Gregory was very outspoken about being “Taxed Enough Already” and was quite confrontational to politicians who considered raising taxes.

In a letter that she penned to the County Council during the FY2016 budget deliberations, Gregory threatened council members by saying:

“I can guarantee your political days will be numbered if you make a liar out of me by voting for higher taxes when people voted for you on the basis of me telling them that you wouldn’t.”

She also clearly stated that she would accept no excuses for local tax increases:

“The last election in Maryland should have sent you a message, loudly and clearly. If you decide to go the opposite direction of our new Governor because you lack the political fortitude to tell people “NO” as he has, and you instead take the cuts from the state as an excuse to raise taxes locally, you are no different than Martin O’Malley.”

Gregory went on to explain that making small cuts to the budget would not qualify as being fiscally conservative:

“You were NOT elected to be a rubber stamp to the CE. Unfortunately, in many ways, that is what the council seems to have become. If you perceive that as your job, save us your salary and stay home. Cutting a minute amount from the budget to save face and enable you to claim that you acted independently is not going to cut it this year.”

You can read Jackie Gregory’s full letter to the council by clicking here.

We at Cecil County Campaign for Liberty couldn’t have agreed more with these statements from then-activist Gregory.

So where are the strong anti-tax increase statements from Gregory now that she sits on the Council?

You’d think that an activist that authored such a strongly worded anti-tax increase letter to the previous council would have responded immediately…

…with a promise to use her position on the council to oppose the $7,500,000.00 tax hike proposed by County Executive McCarthy.

In fact, we’d have hoped that Councilwoman Gregory would have stepped up and assumed a leadership role by challenging other council members to join her in pledging to vote down all tax increase proposals.

Shouldn’t the citizens who voted for Gregory based upon her Tea Party activism expect, at the very least, a public promise to vote against any form of tax increase?

The simple act of saying “I will not vote for any budget that includes tax increases” would allow citizens to focus their efforts to prevent tax increases on less committed politicians.

You and I need to know if Gregory is going to stand strong and oppose tax increases, and we need to know now.

Please call and email Councilwoman Jackie Gregory today and encourage her to make a public promise to vote “NO” to any budget that raises taxes.

Jackie Gregory

Office Phone: 410-996-5201
Work Phone: 410-287-5277

We have to be honest with you, We can’t help being concerned that Councilwoman Gregory has not committed to voting against tax increases already.

It was only a few weeks ago when we were shocked to hear Gregory’s complete flip-flop on government handouts to private mega-corporations.

As a Tea Party activist, she railed against politicians that voted for government handouts.

But when the vote on a handout to Amazon came up, Gregory disappointed her supporters by justifying her vote to approve the handout by saying “we have to live in the real world.”

You and I must let her know that we support her previous Tea Party position on tax increases and that we expect her to deliver on her campaign promises.

Your phone call and/or email to Jackie Gregory could be the determining factor in whether she stands strong in opposing tax increases…

…or whether she bows to pressure and once again tells us that as a councilor, she must “live in the real world” where tax increases are necessary.

Direct questions about her position on tax increases have gone unanswered on her Facebook page.

She has not given any indication of her intentions on her website or during public council meetings.

However, your phone calls and emails will send a strong message that she must make a choice between living up to her expectations of the former council…

…or becoming the type of politician that she once opposed as an activist.

Help us nudge her in the right direction.

Thanks for standing with us on this important issue.