Liberty Votes

The purpose of this listing is to provide Cecil County voters with a running list of important actions their county government has taken that impact our liberties.  Please review this listing from time to time to get updated on how your elected representatives are performing in office.  It is very important that we ensure that our elected representatives are taking actions supportive of more liberty and freedom and not the opposite.  Please be advised that we only list the politicians who vote wrong on the legislation.  If you happen to catch a major liberty vote that we did not, please e-mail us with the information about it at cecilcampaignforliberty@gmail.com.

Liberty Vote #1: Vote to Cut Cecil County Property Tax Rate

On May 24, 2011 the Cecil County Commissioners voted on a property tax cut.  The correct way to vote on this was to vote yes.  The record of the vote is located here.  You can listen to the audio here.  When you listen to the audio pay attention to Commissioner Tari Moore’s comment that the tax cut proposal was nothing more than “a lot of political B.S.”  It is unfortunate that Commissioner Moore would characterize this in such a way and unprofessional.  Hodge, Broomell, Dunn, and Mullin voted correctly by voting yes on this tax cut, while Moore voted against.

Moore – N

Liberty Vote #2: Vote to Increase Wastewater Service and Upkeep User Fee

On May 24, 2011 the Cecil County Commissioners voted on whether to increase this fee.  The correct way to vote on this was to vote no.    The record of the vote is located here.  Below are those that voted incorrectly:

Mullin – Y
Moore – Y
Hodge – Y

Liberty Vote #3: Vote to Increase the Solid Waste Tipping Fee from $57.20 a ton to $60.00 a ton; a 4.990% increase.

On May 24, 2011 the Cecil County Commissioners voted on this tipping fee increase, an increase that would hurt local businesses and haulers.  This was an anti-business vote.  The correct way to vote was to vote against.  The record of the vote is here.  Commissioner Hodge made a motion to approve the fee increase and Commissioner Moore seconded the motion, however, it thankfully died due to Broomell, Dunn, and Mullin opposing the tax increase.

Hodge – Y
Moore – Y

Liberty Vote #4: Vote to Cut FY2011 Spending by $1.3 Million Dollars from the Year Before

On May 24, 2011 the Cecil County Commissioners had an opportunity to cut the size of government, they did.  However, Hodge and Moore voted against the spending cuts.  Of  course, the correct way to vote on this proposal was to vote in favor.  The record of this vote is located here.  The Cecil Whig covered this vote, you can read the article here.

Commissioners Robert Hodge and Tari Moore made comments in the Cecil Whig news article supporting bigger government.  Hodge was quoted saying, “”This budget fails to invest in Cecil County’s future.  We are lacking in investment in the schools and economic development. These consequences will come back to haunt us.”  Hodge and Moore were quoted calling the decrease in government spending “short sighted” and “irresponsible.”  It is unfortunate that Commissioners Hodge and Moore would be so hostile to smaller government.

Hodge – N
Moore – N

Liberty Vote #5: Vote to “Preserve” Carsin Farm for approx. $400,000 dollars

The Cecil County Commissioners in January 2012 voted to preserve private land with public money costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The correct way to vote on this measure was to vote against.  The record of this vote is here.  County Commissioner Tari Moore made the motion on this vote and County Commissioner Diana Broomell seconded the motion.  All five County Commissioners voted FOR this boondoggle:

Hodge – Y
Moore – Y
Broomell – Y
Mullin – Y
Dunn – Y

Liberty Vote #6: Vote to “Preserve” McCoy Farm for approx. $1.5 Million dollars

The Cecil County Commissioners again in 2012 voted to preserve more private land with public money costing the taxpayers over a million dollars.  The correct way to vote on this measure was to vote against.  The record of this vote is here.  County Commissioner Diana Broomell made the motion on this vote and County Commissioner Michael Dunn seconded the motion.  Here are the County Commissioners who voted for this boondoggle:

Broomell – Y
Mullin – Y
Dunn – Y
Moore – Abstained

Liberty Vote #7: Vote to Approve FY2013 Operating Budget

The Cecil County Commissioners voted to INCREASE the Cecil County Operating Budget from last year by $3.5 Million dollars.  Since 2006, the Cecil County Operating Budget has INCREASED by $34.8 million dollars.  The FY 2013 budget also included a pay increase to Cecil County employees.  The correct way to vote on this measure was to vote against and to propose spending cuts that would ensure that the Cecil County Operating Budget remained equal to or less than what it was last year – – this would truly halt the growth of Cecil County government spending.  Review the approved FY 2013 budget for yourself.  To see how the County Commissioners voted, the record of the vote is here.  County Commissioner Diana Broomell made the motion on this vote and County Commissioner Tari Moore seconded the motion.  Unfortunately all of our County Commissioners supported this budget:

Hodge – Y
Moore – Y
Broomell – Y
Mullin – Y
Dunn – Y

Liberty Vote #8: Vote to Approve New TDR Ordinance

In August 2012, Cecil County Commissioners Michael Dunn, Diana Broomell, and Jim Mullin sold you out!  This ordinance creates a new government program designed to use public tax dollars to buy private property rights all in the name of “smart growth.”  The correct way to vote on this was to vote against.  The record of the vote is here.

Broomell – Y
Mullin – Y
Dunn – Y

Liberty Vote #9: Vote to Oppose State of Maryland and Consider Filing Lawsuit Against Implementation of SB236

On September 11, 2012 the Cecil County Commissioners held a work session where Michael Dunn proposed halting creation of a tier map that would greatly reduce citizens’ property rights and instead fight the state of Maryland on implementing SB236 the “Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012.”  Thankfully all five County Commissioners supported this measure.  Read the Cecil Whig article on this vote by clicking here.  You can listen to the audio recording of the 9/11/12 work session where this was proposed here.

Although we do give Commissioner Tari Moore a point on this issue please note that back when SB236 was under consideration in the Maryland House of Delegates, Tari Moore testified in support of the bill.  Our position is that no part of SB236 should have been passed or supported.  SB236 was a bad bill and is a bad law that needs to be completely repealed.  Commissioner Tari Moore testified with the moderate Maryland Association of Counties (MaCo) organization in support of SB236 with amendments.  It was the wrong decision for Tari Moore to join with this organization in support of any part of SB236 and Governor O’Malley’s attempt to PlanMaryland.  You can listen to the MaCo testimony and see Tari Moore speaking on this bill here.

Liberty Vote #10: Vote to Investigate Basell property for new school construction

On October 16, 2012 the Cecil County Commissioners held a work session where a vote was taken on whether or not to further pursue a CCPS request to purchase the Basell property in Elkton for new school construction.  This project could cost Cecil County taxpayers at least $19 Million dollars for purchase and renovation.  From 2006 to 2011, CCPS school enrollment has decreased by over 450 students (2012 numbers have not been released yet).  The correct way to vote on this was to vote against.  You can read the Cecil Whig article covering this issue and vote here.

Hodge – Y
Moore – Y

Liberty Vote #11: Vote to Fund a New County Auditor Position

On November 13th, 2012, Dunn, Broomell, and Mullin voted to increase the size of government by creating a new auditor position that will cost taxpayers approximately $71,000 dollars per year.  The correct way to vote on this issue was to vote against.  The record of the vote is here: http://ccgov.org/cattail/templates/displayevent.cfm?MonthChange=None&eventid=7088&LastDate=11/16/2012&calendarname=CommissionersMeetings

You can also read a Cecil Whig article on this issue here: http://www.cecildaily.com/news/local_news/article_ad114d1a-2ea9-11e2-8321-0019bb2963f4.html

Dunn – Y
Broomell – Y
Mullin – Y
Moore – Absent
Robert Hodge – N*

*Although Robert Hodge earns a point for voting against the Auditor position please note the following.  If you read the above Cecil Whig article Hodge is calling for more government spending and new government employees as well.  Hodge is quoted in the paper as saying that we need $150,000 for new government employees.

Liberty Vote #12: Vote to Adopt Cecil County Bicycle Plan

On Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 the Cecil County Commissioners voted on a bicycle plan that supports Governor Martin O’Malley’s Plan Maryland initiative and calls for a significant amount of wasteful spending.  The correct way to vote on this measure was to vote against.  The Cecil Whig reported on this vote here.  Unfortunately, 4 out of 5 Commissioners voted for this:

Moore – Y
Broomell – Y
Dunn – Y
Mullin – Y
Hodge – N*

*Although Robert Hodge voted correctly on this issue and will receive a point, he stated during the meeting that he would have voted FOR the radical bicycle plan if the public had more time to give comment.

Liberty Vote #13: Vote to Adopt Cecil County Tier Map and Implement SB 236

On November 27th, 2012 the Cecil County Commissioners voted on adoption of a Tier Map as required by Governor O’Malley’s Plan Maryland law SB 236.  Our position on this issue is to oppose adoption of any tier map and for Cecil County to join in a lawsuit led by the Rural Counties Coalition against SB 236.  We believe that the counties in Maryland need to block implementation of this legislation to stand up to O’Malley and his central planners. The correct way to vote is to vote against any tier map proposal.  Read the Cecil Whig article covering these votes here.  Currently, two Commissioners support one draft, another two support a different draft, and Mike Dunn is not supporting either.

Hodge – Y (supports Map 10 draft)
Moore – Y (supports Map 10 draft)
Broomell – Y (supports Map 8 draft)
Mullin – Y (supports Map 8 draft)

Liberty Vote #14: Vote on New Animal Control Contract

On Friday, November 30th, the Cecil County Commissioners voted on entering into contract with an animal control and rescue group. This agreement would cost Cecil County taxpayers millions of dollars and obligate taxpayers with multi-year liabilities. The correct way to vote on this legislation was to vote against. Read the Cecil Whig coverage on this vote here.

In typical fashion, Jim Mullin defended his support of the reckless multi-year contract saying, “Everyone deserves a chance and they need time to engage the community.”

Dunn – Y
Mullin – Y
Broomell – Y

Liberty Vote #15: Action to Administratively Submit a Tier Map as per Martin O’Malley’s Plan Maryland legislation

On December 17th, 2012, County Executive Tari Moore chose to administratively submit a Tier Map to the state of Maryland as per O’Malley’s Plan Maryland law. This was the wrong course of action.  Cecil County Campaign for Liberty warned against this move advocating for Cecil County not to implement the property rights shredding S.B. 236 law passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2012. Since Tari Moore did this on her own the other County Council members will not be scored on this action.  See the press release Tari Moore released on her decision here.

Y – Moore

Liberty Vote #16: Vote to Approve FY2014 Operating Budget

The Cecil County Council voted to INCREASE the Cecil County Operating Budget from last year by millions and millions of dollars.  Since 2006, the Cecil County Operating Budget has INCREASED by $34.8 million dollars.  The FY 2014 budget also included a pay increase to Cecil County employees.  The correct way to vote on this measure was to vote against and to propose spending cuts that would ensure that the Cecil County Operating Budget remained equal to or less than what it was last year – – this would truly halt the growth of Cecil County government spending.  Review the approved FY 2014 budget for yourself.  To see how the County Council members voted, the record of the vote is here.  The following three Council members voted FOR this Big Government budget:

Hodge – Y
McCarthy – Y
Bowlsbey – Y

Moore – Y*

*County Executive Tari Moore proposed this budget.

Liberty Vote #17: Increase to county fees and vote NOT to cut property taxes in FY2014

The Cecil County Council voted to increase several fees on county taxpayers and did NOT cut county property tax rates even though county citizens are struggling to get by in this economy.  One of the fees increased was the hook-up fee required on new development to recoup infrastructure costs.  The increase in this fee will increase the cost of housing on county residents and on potential new home buyers — which will negatively impact our local economy.  The correct way to vote on this measure was to vote against and not to increase fees.  A property tax cut should have also been proposed.  To see how the County Council members voted, the record of the vote is here.  The following three Council members voted FOR these TAX HIKES:

Hodge – Y
McCarthy – Y
Bowlsbey – Y

Moore – Y*

*County Executive Tari Moore proposed the several tax hikes.

Liberty Vote #18: Vote to Send Endorsement Letter for Port Deposit becoming a “Certified Sustainable Community” under Martin O’Malley’s Plan Maryland initiative

The Cecil County Council voted unanimously to endorse O’Malley’s Plan Maryland and advocate for spending more of our tax dollars on the green agenda.  This was the incorrect action to take.  You can read the foolish letter signed by all five County Council members here.  All five County Council members voted wrong putting their names on this letter:

Hodge – Y
Bowlsbey – Y
Broomell – Y
McCarthy – Y
Dunn – Y

Liberty Vote #19: Vote to Settle Litigation with York Building Products.

The Cecil County Council voted on Resolution No. 57-2013 – Litigation Settlement – York Building Products Co., Inc. v. Cecil County, Maryland (Introduced 6/4/13) which would return the original zoning designation to the property of York Building Products. This is a property rights issue and property owners should not have to worry that government might decide to change their zoning without their consent. The correct way to vote on this resolution was yes. You can hear the audio of the vote and discussion here.

Broomell -N
Dunn -N

 Liberty Vote #20 : A vote on Bill 2013-10 that would allow the county to borrow $70 million dollars for various projects.

The Cecil county Council voted on Bill 2013-10 that would allow the county to borrow $70 million that would plunge the county deeper into debt. At the time of this bill’s passage, the county was already $140 million in debt. This will no doubt cause a future tax increase to the citizens of Cecil County. The correct way to vote was “No”.

Hodge – Y
Bowlsbey – Y
McCarthy – Y

Moore – Y*

*County Executive proposed the budget that this bill would fund as well as being a strong supporter of it.

Liberty Vote #21 : A vote to support County Executive Tari Moore’s proposed phased-in salary increase for the sheriff.

 The Cecil County Council voted to support an $11,000 pay raise for the Cecil County Sheriff even though there are currently six candidates vying for the position. Cecil County Campaign for Liberty believes that no government positions should be getting a pay raise during these tough economic times, especially when there is a large field of candidates attempting to win the position. The correct way to vote on this proposal in “No”.

Alan McCarthy – Yes

Robert Hodge – Yes

Joyce Bowlsbey -Yes

Tari Moore – Yes*

* County Executive Moore proposed the pay increase

Liberty Vote #22 : 2016 Cecil County Budget

The 2016 Cecil County Budget as passed included increased government spending which required multiple tax and fee increases to fund. Even though every sitting council member promised to fight or stop tax increases while they were campaigning during election season, all of them voted to pass yet another tax and spend budget. Robert Hodge, Joyce Bowlsbey and Dan Schneckenburger even went so far as to publicly announce that they planned to rubber-stamp County Executive Moore’s public school budget before they knew what her proposal was going to be. This alone increased government spending by 4.5 million dollars for 2016. The correct way to vote would have been “No” due to the increase in taxes and fees.

Robert Hodge – Yes

Joyce Bowlsbey – Yes

Alan McCarthy – Yes

Dan Schneckenburger – Yes

George Patchell – Yes

Tari Moore – Yes*

*County Executive Moore proposed a budget that included more spending and more tax and fee increases than the budget that was passed by the County Council.