McCarthy’s Tier Map Expansion to Align With State Law

County Executive Alan McCarthy has finally given the public some insight into his plan to design and adopt a new tier map.

In a press release that was sent to the Cecil Whig, McCarthy provided an inconsistent message that began with respecting property rights…

…but ended with a stated goal of creating a new map that is “aligned with state law.”

This clearly signals that McCarthy is willing to adopt a new tier map that expands the tier 4 and restricts property rights while lowering property values.

Taking a page out of Tari Moore’s political playbook, McCarthy spoke out of both sides of his mouth as he criticized the state’s efforts to meddle in local land use issues…

…but then ultimately conceded that his goal “is to implement a common sense approach to growth that is aligned with state law.”

“Aligned with state law” can only mean one thing – a massive expansion of Tier 4 designation on private property in Cecil County.

And while McCarthy acknowledged that Tier 4 designations “could compromise the agricultural community’s ability to remain viable by negatively affecting their ability to borrow and manage debt”…

…he failed to commit to refusing to accept any new tier map that expands land use restrictions.

Actions speak louder than words.

If McCarthy truly wants to protect property rights, why would he participate in the creation of a map that will do just the opposite?

Cecil County Campaign for Liberty is committed to protecting private property owners in Cecil County.

Our activists are working hard to spread the word about this important private property rights issue, but we need your help.

Mobilizing the public into action is expensive.

Ads, printing, robo-calls, and direct mail are costly but very effective at defeating bad legislation.

All of these tools are available to us but only if we have adequate funding.

Please consider donating $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to help us defend property rights in Cecil County by clicking here.

All donations will directly go towards defeating Alan McCarthy tier map expansion scheme.

RED ALERT: Serious Threat to Cecil Property Rights

The most serious threat to Cecil County property rights since 2012 has emerged from Alan McCarthy’s administration.

A new tier map being proposed by the Department of Planning and Zoning would expand the “no growth” tier 4 designation to 20,000 acres of Cecil County land.

Landowners whose property is involuntarily included into new tier 4 areas face a massive reduction in their property’s market value.

A tier 4 designation restricts the subdivision of many properties by mandating that no more than one dwelling can be built on 20 acres of land.

Stand up to government bullies that want to infringe on private property rights by clicking here.

Recently, County Executive Alan McCarthy announced the appointments for a Tier Map Committee that would work to create a new map for submission to the state.

Last week, the committee was given a new proposed tier map to consider and to make recommendations before submitting it back to McCarthy’s administration.

The new proposed tier map should alarm every Cecil County citizen who believes in private property rights.

Pictured below is the County’s current tier map (on the left) and the new proposed tier map (on the right).

As you can see, the tier 4 areas (designated in green) have been massively expanded in the McCarthy administration’s new map.

If this map is approved, more than half of Cecil County will be “off limits” for future development.

This could be disastrous for county farmers who rely on their property values to obtain loans for their farming needs.

And for others that intend to subdivide their property to supplement their income…

…or to provide their children or grandchildren with land to build a home on, they too will be victimized by this tier map expansion scheme.

Make no mistake, there will be NO COMPENSATION provided to property owners who are stripped of their property rights and property values.

This amounts to nothing less than government theft of its citizen’s wealth.

During his campaign for County Executive, Alan McCarthy promised to “fight liberal attacks on our rights.”

But now his administration is proposing to strip you of your property rights in order to appease liberal bureaucrats in Annapolis.

We need your help to send a strong message to County Executive McCarthy and the entire County Council that infringement on private property rights will not be tolerated.

Please take a moment to sign our petition to defend property rights in Cecil County by clicking here.

The Tier Map Advisory Committee will have multiple meetings over the next two months.

This gives us time to educate, organize, and mobilize Cecil citizens into action to protect their constitutional property rights.

Help us spread the word by sharing this information and urging friends and family to oppose tier map expansion by signing the included petition.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on this issue as new developments are announced.

Threat of Local Tax Increases

It’s here – budget season in Cecil County.

And there is much that taxpayers like you and I should be very concerned about.

Early indications are that the current administration headed by County Executive Alan McCarthy will attempt to push new tax and fee increases on to Cecil Residents.

The FY2018 budget is being drafted by McCarthy and his administration right now.

I can’t stress to you enough how critical it is for all of us to begin to organize to prevent a property tax increase and other county fee increases.

Please take a moment of your time to sign the “Say “NO!” to Tax and Fee increases in Cecil County Petition.”

Alan McCarthy has a lengthy history of supporting huge county spending increases during his tenure as Vice President of the County Council.

McCarthy’s lack of fiscal conservatism was on display for all to see when he supported spending $10,000,000.00 for a new park, $19,000,000.00 for a new library…

…and a whopping $70,000,000.00 bond bill that increased county debt by 50%.

With a big spending track record like this, it’s hard to imagine that McCarthy won’t continue this pattern as County Executive.

Even worse, Former County Executive Tari Moore and the previous County Council (which included McCarthy) passed tax-n-spend budgets that have nearly drained county reserve funds.

With little reserve funds left to draw from, there is only one other option that big-government politicians like McCarthy have to continue increased spending.

That’s right, tax and fee increases for working families like your’s and mine.

Equally disturbing is recent news that the county is facing a projected budget deficit of nearly $2,400,000.00 for the current fiscal budget which ends in 6 months.

And while mega-corporations like LIDL and Amazon are getting county government handouts

it appears that the same county government is going to be sticking its hand out and demanding more of our hard earned income in the form of tax and fee increases.

We can prevent this, but we must act now.

Special interest groups are already lining up to ask for huge increases that will be paid for by folks like us.

Cecil County Public Schools recently announced that they are requesting a taxpayer funded increase of $4,614,377.00 over last year’s budget.

The annual beg-o-thon has just begun but you can bet that many others will also be requesting similar outrageous increases.

If taxpayers like you and I don’t take a stand against tax increases now, your future property tax bill could contain quite a nasty surprise.

One-third of Cecil County property owners were recently informed that their property values went up by roughly 6%, causing an increase in their tax bill.

Any addition property tax increase will be devastating to homeowners on a tight family budget.

It is for all of these reasons that it is so important that “We the people” band together to prevent the adoption of a budget that increases taxes and fees.

It starts by signing our “Say ‘NO!’ to Tax and Fee increases in Cecil County Petition.”

We are already seeing indications that McCarthy will attempt to justify tax and fee increases by blaming the previous administration for the county’s financial woes.

He’s hoping you will forget that his votes as a county councilor directly contributed to the current financial mess that the county is in.

Any excuse for higher taxes and fees is unacceptable.

County Government must live within its means and cannot continue to treat taxpayers like an ATM that money is withdrawn from for things we can’t afford.

Please help us collect petition signatures by sharing this information with friends and family in Cecil County.

With your help, we will be able to deliver a stack of petitions that Alan McCarthy and the County Council cannot ignore.

Act Now to Prevent $1.3 Million Handout to Amazon

The secret recipient of a proposed $1,320,000.00 government handout has been leaked by The Baltimore Business Journal.

They are reporting that internet retail giant Amazon is, in fact, the latest mega-corporation vying for a government handout.

I don’t know about you, but I am appalled that a corporation that is worth $25 billion – that’s right, BILLION, would even be considered for this type of corporate welfare!

Our county council has the power to block this outrageous giveaway by doing one simple thing – voting “No!” on Resolution 3-2017.

Please take a moment of your time to send an email to the entire council using this address:  council@ccgov.org

 

You can write your own message or simply copy and paste the following text into the email body:

Dear Councilor,

I oppose Resolution 3-2017 which will award a $1,320,000.00 government handout to Amazon. Amazon is a $25 billion dollar corporation and should not be a recipient of government welfare at the expense of taxpayers. The government should never be in the business of hand-picking select corporations to receive handouts at the expense of taxpayers or other businesses. This provides an unfair advantage to some businesses while hurting others. I urge you to oppose Resolution 3-2017 and any future corporate welfare legislation.

But please don’t wait. Time is of the essence.

The vote on this handout is scheduled for Tuesday, January 17th at 7 p.m.

Despite how the politicians are attempting to portray this handout, they have provided no documentation that Amazon will be required to hire Cecil County or even Maryland residents.

If fact, they admitted that a similar handout to LIDL would NOT require them to hire locally.

Government handouts to multi-billion dollar corporations are just plain wrong.

They are even worse when out-of-state or out-of-county residents are benefitting from the handouts that we are paying for.

There is also zero evidence that Amazon needed any kind of incentive to open up a distribution center in Cecil County.

Politicians and bureaucrats love to hand out other people’s money and then take credit for job creation.

Even worse, they love the campaign contributions that often begin to flow in from the corporations receiving handouts.

Maryland is quickly becoming the corporate welfare capital of the East Coast.

Recent handouts to other corporation include:

$5,000,000.00 to Novavax in Montgomery County.
$2,000,000.00 to Under Armour in Baltimore.
$850.000.00 to Smith’s Detection in Harford County.
$1,000,000.00 to Frito-Lay in Harford County.
$2,000,000.00 to Marriot in Bethesda.
$300,000.00 to WebstaurantStore in Allegany County.
$700,000.00 to University Research Co., LLC. in Montgomery County.
$1,100,000.00 to Tenable Network Security in Howard County.
$1,000,000.00 to WeddingWire in Montgomery County.
$2,000,000.00 to 2U Inc. in Prince George’s County.
$250,000.00 to Woodgrain Millwork in Baltimore City.
$250,000.00 to Dot Foods in Washington County.
$500,000.00 to Astrum Solar, Inc. in Howard County.
$200,000.00 to InfoZen in Montgomery County.
$200,000.00 to RainKing Software in Bethesda.
$100,000.00 to RDI Wire & Cable Solutions, Inc. in Salisbury.
$315,000.00 to Crystal Steel Fabricators in Caroline County.

It’s time to put an end to this outrageous transfer of wealth to already profitable corporations.

Your phone calls and emails to local politicians have had great success in the past.

Contact the Cecil County Council today and demand that they withhold the proposed $1,320,000.00 government handout to Amazon by voting “No!” to Resolution 3-2017.

Cecil County Council
Email: council@ccgov.org
Phone: 410-996-5201

 

Stop the Madness: No More Government Handouts to Big Business!

First, it was LIDL, a multi-million dollar foreign corporation that was awarded a $360,000.00 government handout…

…10% of which was straight out of this county’s coffers.

Now, our County Council is preparing to vote on a resolution to award a whopping $1,200,000.00 handout to yet another giant, privately owned business.

And once again, the county will be responsible for kicking in 10% of this $1.2 million dollar corporate welfare scam.

Even worse, the recipient of this latest handout is being concealed from the public!

County Resolution 3-2017 states that “Project Iron LLC” will be the recipient of this latest handout, should it be approved.

Cecil County Campaign for Liberty could not locate any listings for this corporation and our emails to the County Council asking for information have not been returned.

However, The Cecil Whig has reported that there is no such LLC and that “Project Iron LLC” is a codename for the recipient who can not be named due to a non-disclosure agreement.

How’s that for government transparency?

Americans like you and me were outraged by bailouts to Wall Street, GM, and Solyndra.

We should be just as outraged by these front-loaded bailouts.

Cecil County has had 4 straight budgets that included tax and/or fee increases which have been passed on to working families.

Why then, are multi-million dollar private corporations receiving huge handouts while we are forced to turn over more of our income every year?

And why does the mystery corporation that will be occupying the space pictured below need a government handout?

                                                       Photo Courtesy of Diamond Realty

Enough is enough!

The County Council will vote to approve or disapprove this $1.2 million dollar hand-out on January 17th, 2017.

The previous council fully supported the last handout to LIDL.

However, the new council should have at least one member who will oppose government handouts to private corporations.

Former Tea-Party leader turned Councilwoman Jackie Gregory has expressed strong opposition to government hand-outs in the past.

In 2012, Gregory blasted Harford County Council Members for supporting an identical handout to Smith’s Detection.

On her organization’s Facebook page, she wrote:

“Until we have leaders and citizens willing to stop putting their hands out for money for projects that the gov’t has no business being involved in, we will never get out of our financial mess.”

And she didn’t stop there.

When former Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie defended the handout saying “To get business, you have to invest in business”, Gregory’s response was:

“So ‘investment’ in business involves taking money from corporations and individuals by way of taxation, and then redistributing it to select corporations?

How about Maryland ‘invests’ in business by lowering corporate and individual income taxes for its citizens to create an environment where all businesses can be successful?”

We couldn’t agree any more with Councilwoman Gregory.

Government shouldn’t interfere with the free market by redistributing wealth through handouts.

The good news is that we now have one sitting council member who opposes these corporate welfare schemes.

But there is some bad news.

Inside sources tell us that Jackie Gregory is under pressure to abandon her Tea-Party philosophies and to vote “Yes” to Resolution 3-2017.

Councilwoman Gregory needs support from conservatives like you to give her the confidence to stand strong on opposing this handout as well as future handouts.

Let Councilwoman Gregory know that you have “her back.”

Call and email her today and encourage her to stand firm in her Tea-Party values and to vote “No!” to Resolution 3-2017.

Jackie Gregory
Office: 410-996-5201
Work: 410-287-5277
Email: jgregory@ccgov.org
Your phone calls and emails will give Councilwoman Gregory the support she needs while showing the other council members that conservatism is alive and well here in Cecil County.

We’ll continue to update you on this issue and any other future proposed government handouts to big business.

We appreciate your support!

Warning: New threat to Cecil property rights

A serious threat to the property rights and property values of Cecil County landowners is on the horizon.

On December 12th, the County Council passed legislation requiring the formation of a workgroup to create a new county tier map…

…which will undoubtedly expand the already oppressive land use regulations of H.B. 236, also know as the “septic bill.”

Many county property owners have already been victimized by the requirements of our current tier map which was administratively submitted by former County Executive Tari Moore in 2012.

Citizens whose property was placed in the most restrictive tiers have experienced severe loss of property value, lost the ability to subdivide their property…

…and some farmers were unable to secure bank loans to run their farming business due to the decreased value of their land.

And while Martin O’Malley is nothing more than a bad memory for conservatives in Cecil County…

…some local liberal politicians seem intent on fulfilling his legacy of stripping away property rights from rural areas.

On December 20th, the council was set to vote to include the current tier map into the county’s comprehensive plan.

But during that morning’s council work session, Councilman George Patchell stated that he had concerns about the current tier map

and that he wanted to be assured that a workgroup would be formed to make adjustments to that map.

He was apparently not alone.

Stand up to government bullies that want to infringe on private property rights by clicking here.

The county’s Director of Administration, Al Wein told the council that County Executive Alan McCarthy would be willing to appoint a work group to continue the tier map discussion and to buy into a future map.

Later that evening, during the Council Legislative Meeting, Patchell introduced an amendment to require the creation of the tier map workgroup.

That amendment passed by a 4-1 vote.

Joyce Bowlsbey, Dan Schneckenburger, George Patchell and Bob Mefley shockingly voted to put the wheels in motion for the creation of a new, more restrictive tier map.

Even more concerning was the news that Executive McCarthy would be appointing the members of the tier map workgroup.

This comes on the heels of news that McCarthy hired former Cecil County Delegate Dave Rudolph as a consultant despite Rudolph’s history of liberal policies.

Conservatives should be concerned that McCarthy will appoint similarly liberal members to this workgroup.

I can’t think of many things that are a more direct assault on someone’s liberty than the government stepping in and taking away a citizen’s property rights.

Imagine investing in a property with the intent to sell portions in the future to supplement your income, only to be informed that the rules have changed and you can’t.

Imagine buying a home on a large parcel of land with the intent of subdividing and passing some of that land on to your children and then being robbed of that right.

In some cases, property values have been cut in half due to the current tier map restrictions.

This will happen to even more citizens unless you and I act now.

Please take a moment to click here to sign the petition to Defend Property Rights in Cecil County.

By supporting the creation of a workgroup to create a new tier map, Alan McCarthy and the County Council have shown that they are open to further property rights infringement.

Here’s the good news.

We have plenty of time to mobilize against this effort.

The workgroup still needs to be appointed, a new map still needs to be created, and the county council will be required to vote on any new map before it is implemented.

With your help, we can get out in front of this tier map expansion scheme and apply enough pressure to our local politicians to prevent a more restrictive tier map from becoming law.

You can help right now by doing these three things:

  1. Sign the “Defend Property Rights in Cecil County Petition
  2. Donate to this campaign to help us reach more county citizens
  3. Share this information and petition with friends and family in Cecil County

No citizen should live in fear of the government taking a large portion of their wealth by simply enacting new legislation.

Cecil County campaign for Liberty will continue to follow this situation closely and keep you updated as events unfold.

Thanks for your support!

You’ve been robbed.

While you and I work to pay off a mortgage, make car payments, and watch our budget to save money for our children’s college education…

…Cecil County Government decided they had a better use for your money.

They awarded thousands of dollars in the form of a taxpayer-funded hand-out to one of the biggest retailers in the world.

Recently, Cecil County Politicians and The Cecil County Department of Economic Development were touting this announcement:

 “Lidl, one of the world’s largest retailers will open a new regional headquarters and distribution center in the Principio Business Park in Cecil County as part of its U.S. expansion.”
But buried at the very end of the announcement was a deceivingly worded disclosure that you and I are being forced to contribute to corporate welfare.

As part of the deal to entice Lidl to choose Cecil County as their home, they are being promised $20,000.00 of taxpayer money to aid with “workforce development.”

So who is Lidl and why do they “need” our money to train their employees?

According to The Business Insider, Lidl is a German retailer that generated about $84 billion in sales in Europe alone in 2015!

That’s right. $84 BILLION in sales and Cecil County taxpayers are being robbed of their income to pay to train Lidl’s employees!

And not only are you being robbed, you are also being lied to.

The announcement of Lidl’s opening goes on to state that will also be provided with a $16,000 “conditional loan.”

We contacted Lisa Webb, Cecil County Director of Economic Development to get clarification on the meaning of “conditional loan.”

To regular folks like you and I, a loan is something that is paid back over a period of time, usually with interest.

But in this case, a “conditional loan” is nothing more than a deceptive term for a gift that Webb admitted does not need to be paid back if certain conditions are met.

After signing the petition, please consider donating $5, $25, $50 or more to help us continue to protect the interests of Cecil County taxpayers.

Using terms like “workforce development grant” and “conditional loan” is nothing more than a dishonest attempt to hide the truth from the public.

The truth is that you and I are being stripped of $36,000.00 in order to gift it to one of the largest retailers in the world.

And it’s not just the $36,000.00 at the local level.

The Maryland Dept. of Commerce has approved a $360,000.00 “conditional loan” for Lidl which will be paid for by all Maryland taxpayers – including you.

Grants and gifts, paid for by citizens like you and I, to huge foreign corporations so that they can further increase their profits.

Are you angry yet?

Well, hold on. It gets worse.

Our County Executive and members of our County Council have been patting themselves on the back and taking credit for the 100 jobs that this distribution center will supposedly create.

After all, nothing is better for a politician’s career than touting job creation, even if it’s not entirely true.

Here’s what they are not telling you.

While Lidl may create some new jobs in Cecil County, no one is telling the public how many jobs they may kill.

The Business Insider reports that retailers Food Lion, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Walmart will be challenged by Lidl’s move to take over the American market.

This means that there is the potential that jobs merely get transferred from one retailer to another with no net benefit to our economy.

And Lidl is known for keeping prices low by investing far less in customer service and merchandising so that fewer employees are needed.

In other words, my money and your money could be used to contribute to the downfall of American companies

while benefiting a foreign company with a reputation for hiring fewer employees.

This is exactly why government needs to stay out of the free-market and refrain from picking winners and losers with taxpayer dollars.

What precedent has been set now that our County Executive, County Council, and Dept.Of Economic Development have started handing out your tax dollars to big business?

Won’t every business that considers moving to Cecil County expect “free” money deals like Lidl is getting?

Let’s put this genie back in the bottle before it’s too late.

Help us put an end to corporate welfare in Cecil County once and for all.

Please take a moment to sign our “No More Taxpayer-Funded Hand-Outs to Big Business” petition by clicking here.

Your opposition to these hand-outs will help us pressure the County Council and County Executive to put an end to this outrageous use of taxpayer dollars.

Our goal is to make sure that your money is never again used to line the pockets of wealthy businesses.

We’ll be addressing the County Council at a future meeting to get more information which will be passed on to you.

Please share this information with friends and family to raise awareness of this important local issue.

We appreciate your support!

Please Read: Important Action Needed

We got their attention.

More than 300 petitions opposing tax-funded pay increases were delivered to the County Council during the August 17th Legislative Meeting!

Members of Cecil County Campaign for Liberty and other citizens testified against both bills, while support for the bills was virtually non-existent.

However, not all of the Council Members are getting the message.

Councilwoman Joyce Bowlsbey was captured by a “hot-mic” whispering comments that show a total disregard for the public’s opposition to pay raises for politicians.

And when MDC4L State Coordinator Bob Willick approached the Council Manager to deliver the stack of petitions signed by citizens like you…

…Ms. Bowlsbey sighed loudly and muttered, “Give me strength”, showing her contempt for the public’s opinion on this legislation.

With less than two weeks left to go before the vote on this legislation, it is imperative we all double-down…

…to make sure that all members of the council vote “No!” to this waste of taxpayer dollars.

This is a call to action.

We are asking you to take two minutes of your time to email and/or call the council and voice your opposition to Bill 2016-16 and Bill 2016-17.

County Council:
Alan J. McCarthy – 410-996-5201amccarthy@ccgov.org
Joyce Bowlsbey – 410-996-5201jbowlsbey@ccgov.org
Dan Schneckenburger – 410-996-5201 -dschneckenburger@ccgov.org
George Patchell – 410-996-5201gpatchell@ccgov.org
Robert Hodge – 410-996-5201rhodge@ccgov.org
If you choose to email the entire council, you can simply copy the following line of council email addresses and paste it into the “To” line of your email message:

rhodge@ccgov.org,gpatchell@ccgov.org,jbowlsbey@ccgov.org,dschneckenburger@ccgov.org,amccarthy@ccgov.org

Your message to the council can be as short as “I oppose Bill 2016-16 and Bill 2016-17 and I urge you to vote “No” on both bills.”

Please understand the power that you have to shape politics in Cecil County.

Your emails and phone calls will play a huge role in determining whether pay raises are voted down or whether you will be footing the bill to put more money in the politician’s pockets.

Council President Robert Hodge has already stated that he has been receiving emails concerning this legislation…

…and that the council will be considering them before they vote on September 6th.

Let’s make sure that the sheer volume of phone calls and emailed opposition is something they don’t dare ignore.

Public Hearing Scheduled for Taxpayer Funded Raises for Cecil Politicians

A public hearing has been scheduled to allow the public to comment on two bills that will provide taxpayer-funded pay increases for the County Executive and County Council.

Time, date and location for this hearing :

County Administration Building
200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton
Elk Room – First Floor
7:00 p.m.
August 16, 2016
Cecil County Campaign for Liberty will be in attendance to oppose this legislation and to deliver petitions signed by citizens demanding that the Council vote “No!

If you’ve already signed the petition, you can be assured that the Council will receive it during the public hearing.

However, if you’d like to increase the impact that these petitions have on the County Council…

…please consider coming out to the hearing to voice your opposition to taxpayer-funded raises for politicians in person.

If you haven’t signed the petition, there is still time to add your name to the petition before it is delivered on8/16/2016.

Click here to sign the petition opposing salary increases for the County Executive and County Council.

You can still help us collect petition signatures by sharing this information with others in Cecil County and urging them to sign the petition too.

Another way that you can help is by providing financial support to this campaign.

Last weekend, our volunteers visited more than 400 homes to deliver “Tax Payer Alert” flyers to inform the public that there is pending legislation…

…that would directly take money out of their pockets and award it to politicians in the form of pay raises.

Needless to say, citizens were outraged and jumped at the opportunity to sign our petition.

We have plans to visit hundreds of more homes over the next few weeks but our reach is limited to the amount of funding that can be raised for printing costs.

Please consider chipping in whatever you can afford to supply our volunteers with the materials they need to mobilize the public against this legislation.

Click here to donate $5, $25, $100 or more to our efforts.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on this issue as new developments occur.

Thanks for your support!

Bills introduced to increase pay for politicians

It’s official.

Legislation has been formally introduced that will increase compensation for the County Council and the County Executive.

Bill 2016-16 aims to provide an 8% pay increase to all Council Members starting in December of 2018.

Also introduced is Bill 2016-17 which would increase the County Executive’s compensation to $100,000.00 per year and make County Employee Group Insurance coverage available as an added benefit.

Click here to sign the petition opposing salary increases for the County Executive and County Council.

Both bills were introduced during the council’s July 19th legislative meeting.

Ironically, just hours earlier, Council President Robert Hodge had proposed eliminating half of the council’s work session meetings due to “a lack of agenda items.”

I don’t know about you, but I find it appalling that politicians would even consider an 8% pay raise…

…while claiming at the same time that there are not enough county issues to warrant having four work session meetings per month.

Currently, Council Member compensation works out to $36.08 per hour.

A reduction in the number of meetings coupled with a 8% pay increase would drive that hourly rate up significantly.

You and I know that this is a bad deal for the taxpayers of Cecil County and yet every sitting member of our County Council seems to fully support this legislation.

This means that we must turn up the heat on these politicians to prevent yet another frivolous spending increase.

If you believe current pay of $36.08 per hour is plenty for part-time politicians, click here.

Here’s the good news.

A public hearing on this legislation is scheduled forAugust 16th and the final vote will come on September 6th.

This gives us time to mobilize the public to pressure our County Council to vote against these unnecessary pay increases.

We’ve already collected a large number of signatures on our Petition to Oppose Salary Increases for Cecil Politicians which will be delivered to the County Council before the final vote on September 6th.

However, it’s going to take a large public outcry to motivate our County Council to vote down bills 2016-16 and 2016-17.

Here’s how you can help:

First, If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to sign our Petition to Oppose Salary Increases for Cecil Politicians by clicking here.

Secondly, we need volunteers to help us educate the public about this legislation and collect signatures on our petition to oppose it.

If you’d like to get involved, you can contact us by either replying to this email or by signing up to volunteer by clicking here.

And finally, even if you don’t have time in your busy schedule to volunteer, your financial support is crucial in giving our activists the tools that they need to reach thousands of Cecil County citizens.

Please consider donating what you can to help pay for the costs associated with printing flyers and petitions, county-wide robocalls, and postage for direct mail.

Chip in to help defeat this legislation by clicking here.

This is a winnable fight.

There are no special interest groups advocating for more tax dollars to be spent to line the pockets of politicians.

This legislation is only being supported by a small group of political insiders who are either looking to help their friends or get political favors in the future.

Every one of our elected officials ran on a platform of lower taxes and less government spending – and they have failed miserably at keeping that promise.

None of them ever mentioned that they would work to increase compensation for politicians during their campaigns.

It’s time for the taxpayers of Cecil County to hold our elected officials accountable by demanding that they abandon all efforts to secure pay raises at taxpayer expense.

Please share this information with friends and family in Cecil County.