County Executive Alan McCarthy recently unveiled a shocking Tax-n-Spend budget that will hurt working families in Cecil County.
McCarthy’s proposed FY2018 budget includes a whopping 5% property tax increase.
And that’s not the only way that Cecil taxpayers will take it on the chin.
Even after proposing the biggest property tax increase in years, McCarthy decided that the county income tax rate needs to be raised from 2.8% to 3%!
That’s right, while your property tax goes up, your take-home pay will be reduced under McCarthy’s outrageous budget!
During today’s budget press conference, McCarthy explained that tax increases were “necessary” because the past practice of using the unassigned fund balance to balance the budget is unsustainable.
However, instead of being fiscally responsible and reducing spending in lieu of raising taxes, McCarthy opted to continue growing government by increasing spending.
With zero regards for taxpayers who are barely getting by, McCarthy opted to:
- Increase the Board of Education budget by $1,338,090.00
- Increase the Cecil College Budget by $898,604.00
- Increase The Cecil County Library budget by $359,500.00
- Award pay increases for various government employees
- Fund a new High School synthetic turf field
- Fund the design and engineering for a new North East Library
- Funding for many other unnecessary projects
And while McCarthy attempted to pat himself on the back for not dipping into the unassigned balance fund…
…he ignored the fact as a County Councilor, he voted for the last four budgets that were responsible for depleting county reserves.
McCarthy proudly proclaims that this budget is the first proposed balanced budget in twenty years.
But how is McCarthy balancing this budget?
His property and income tax hikes will pull a total of $7,200,000.00 out of the pockets of county taxpayers like you and me.
And let’s not forget that this county recently awarded large handouts to Amazon and LIDL instead using those funds for projects that may now have to be funded by county residents.
We can’t sit by and allow our taxes to be raised so that our County Executive can hand out our money like it’s candy.
Here’s the good news.
The County Council has the ability to make cuts to this budget and protect taxpayers from being fleeced.
They have until June 6th to make necessary changes to this budget before it is approved.
The key is for you and me to apply enough pressure to force them to listen to us.
Here’s how we can do it.
We’ll deliver these petitions to the Council to show the strong public opposition to these unnecessary tax increases.
However, it is crucial that we reach as many Cecil County residents as possible.
This requires funding and we don’t have a huge amount of time to work with.
Cecil County Campaign for Liberty has a goal of raising $1000 dollars to cover the cost of ads, robo-calls and direct mail that will be used to mobilize the public into action.
Every donation will go directly to defeating McCarthy’s attempt to rip an additional $7.2 million dollars out of the pockets of county taxpayers.
We have had great success in the past when we have been able to reach large numbers of residents.
A bill to award politicians with taxpayer funded raises was stopped in its tracks by the outpouring from angry constituents.
But the stakes are much higher this time because the cost to taxpayers like you and me will be much greater.
No one wants to see their mortgage payment go up because politicians like McCarthy can’t control their spending.
I sincerely hope that you will support our efforts to protect the already over-taxed citizens of this county.
We’ll keep you updated throughout this entire budget process.