Commissioners Hear From Citizens About Where Taxes Come From at Town Meeting

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Jim Nicholson the owner of North Street Hotel

In these demanding times when municipal, state, and federal officials need to worry, more than ever, about tight budgets and the financial burdens placed on taxpayers, a discussion about several expenditures involving the town were on the minds of at least one elected official and two citizens at the Elkton town meeting this evening.  Prior to the public comments section Commissioner Storke wondered about the cost of speed bumps, which are priced at $2,000 each, and whether there aren’t other cost-effective ways to address the speeding problem.  When it was reported that an auger at the new sewer plant was damaged, he commented that the project construction manager and the contractors need to take care of this so taxpayers won’t have to shoulder the burden later on.  Commissoner Givens asked staff about the downtown area, saying things looked “bleak.”

During public comments, two citizens asked who was paying for the cost for Commissioner and Elkton Alliance Director Mary Jo Jablonski to attend the National Manager Street Manager’s Conference in Chicago IL., from March 1 to March 4.  Jimmy Nicholson, owner of the North Street Hotel, remarked “Who picked that council person to go to the Main Street Manager’s conference in Chicago?”  Mayor Fisona replied we didn’t pick her, she’s the Main Street Manager and the state is paying for it.  To that comment, the Mayor and Council got an earful.  Nicholson responded “don’t you understand that’s my money too, I pay all those taxes!”  Since we were covering it live, we’ll let Jimmy say it in his own words because he goes on to talk about taxes, business conditions in the central business district, and local media’s coverage of town news.

radio_microphone_hg_wht1(Click on the microphone to hear Jim Nicholson’s comments to the Elkton commissioners.)

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The North Street Hotel brightens the night in downtown Elkton.

As the hour grows late, we want to post this quick piece on news from the Elkton Town Meeting since we were covering it live.  Hopefully the Whig will help us out and produce some copy from the meeting too since there were several worthy news items for a local paper.  But in the event they don’t we have more audio and our notes so we’ll dash off other reports in the days ahead to fill in any media coverage gaps.  We’ll certainly get back to this in keeping with our task of providing the “411 on the mayor and Commissioners of Elkton.”  Jim didn’t seem to have much faith in the story getting any deeper coverage from “the media.”  We’ll see how much makes it into print.

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14 responses to “Commissioners Hear From Citizens About Where Taxes Come From at Town Meeting

  1. Crazy History Teacher

    MIKE DIXON! WHAT KIND OF BLOGGER ARE YOU!? THERE IS NO TEXT IN THIS POST! GOSH I CAN TELL YOU’RE A FORMER STUDENT OF MINE!

  2. Quit picking on Mike! We are very grateful to him for taking the time to attend these meetings and inform us of what is happening with the Elkton government! (Please don’t tell me again I don’t have a sense of humor. I do, but it is just not the same kind of “needling” approach that you take!) Mike is cool!

  3. Ever heard of the song “Why is eveybody always picking on me”? I wish some of you would get up and go to the meetings once in a while. It is kind that people (Mike) go and inform us from time to time, good grief !!!

  4. Crazy History Teacher

    WELL GOOD GRIEF BACK AT YOU! WHEN I CHECKED THIS BLOG LAST NIGHT THERE WAS NO TEXT ON THIS POST SO I WAS TRYING TO LET HIM NO THAT!

    GOOD GOSH PEOPLE IN CECIL COUNTY ARE TOO SERIOUS ABOUT EVERYTHING! I CAN’T WAIT TILL I CAN RETIRE AND MOVE AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS STUPID COUNTY AS I CAN!

  5. Crazy History Teacher

    JUST TO CORRECT MY GRAMMAR, I MEANT TO SAY “KNOW” INSTEAD OF “NO”…SEE THIS IS WHAT 30 YEARS OF TEACHING IN THIS COUNTY DOES TO YOU!

  6. Chris Zeauskas

    I attended the meeting last night . I would have to say that Mr. Jimmy Nicholson was right and just in his responce about the taxes and main street.I was also at the planning board meeting and main street was for the most part left out of future plans.To leave main street out of the future picture of elkton is a very big mistake!

  7. Of course Nicholson’s got it right. If you’ve been downtown in the past couple of years to see what’s isn’t happening, you’d see what he was talking about. Of course, except for needing a lawyer or the hospital, hardly anyone has any reason for going into downtown anymore. How much is this costing us taxpayers to finance that operation? Why don’t you web people go get those kind of answers for us voters to.

    I haven’t seen a word about what went on at the town meeting in the Whig? Wonder why not? I think Nicholson’s got that right to.

    Smitty

  8. Chris:

    Good running into you the other evening at the Elkton Town Meeting and thanks for posting on Someone Noticed. Since our daily paper isn’t getting around to writing about the actions of the elected officials at the Wednesday meeting, we’ll write-up some more on the meeting, We’ve been told by a number of citizens that there is a lot going on, but it isn’t getting reported by the press.

    also thanks to Louise for coming to our defense whenever Crazy History Teacher gets on us and to Smitty for letting readers know what he thinks about the subject.

    Opinions are welcome here on the blog since open reporting and discussion about the actions of officials are helpful in maintaining good local government.

  9. So that bunch of Elkton politicians says it isn’t our money huh. We’ll see what they do when it comes time to tell us how much we are going to have to pay in taxes next year. This is not going to be the year to tax us any more. People are real mad this time. The bunch of them wouldn’t know how to look out for taxpayers since all they want to do is spend our money on projects.

    Ole Sam for Mayor

  10. Yosemite:

    From observing the town meetings, we see a different pattern. Commissioner Storke is always aware of the burden they are asking taxpayers to pick-up whenever any of the other commissoners or professional staff start proposoing something. He’ll question things, and Commissioner Givens joins in sometimes. We noticed this a lot during the time three members of the council were attempting to hand over some public land to a developer.

    Here’s an example of one of the stories we wrote at that time when Commissioners Givens and Storke wondered where the money was going to come from.

    We’ll write a formal blog piece on what we’ve seen as far as taxation issues at council meeting in the next several days so you have more information on what we observed. Meanwhle we thought we’d post a quick comment on the blog.

    Where’s the Money
    http://someonenoticed.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/wheres-the-money-going-to-come-from-commissioners-givens-storke-ask-as-they-ponder-burdens-on-taxpayers/

  11. Smitty,
    The Town has allocated almost 1 MILLION DOLLARS to the Alliance since 1999. This is just to run their office & salary. Elkton taxpayers have paid for a lot of revitilizing in addition to the 1 million!

  12. Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho.

    So that’s where you’ve been Santa Claus. How about getting off Main Street and stopping out in by neighborhood out on Route to help out with some of that government,aid to. We could use sure use some of that Elkton stimulus package to.

    Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho

  13. See Ole Sam told you exactly what those politicans were going to do. They’re were going to raise our taxes. I just new it, I just new it.

    That town administrator wants to one half-million more dollars from us taxpayers I see on this Internet page. Did not read anything about it in the Cecil Whig. Wonder why.

    And that utility rate, Ole Sam bets they are going to recommend another big raise for that one to.

    As for Santa Claus, glad to see him out here on the Internet helping out. Maybe he will tell me what we got for that million dollars to bring shops back to Main Street.

    Is any of that bunch of politicans that is so quick to spend our money been downtown in the past several years.

    Ole Sam is just going to have to run for mayor. At least I would not waste money.

  14. Joe’s Stimulus Package Comes to Main Street!

    You should call this Mayor Joe’s Stimulus package for downtown Elkton. He was way ahead of Obama on handing out tax money to stimulate downtown. Of course, I’ve never seen Joe be careful with any our money. Remember that big tax increase he passed just after he took office! Then there those water and sewer rates! Now he’s revitalizing Main Street.

    If it was helping that would be one thing, but you can’t see it. Maybe some of those commissioners should come downtown. There’s no one there any more. Each year it just gets worse, and I know the economy is making things worse, but it’s been getting worse year by year in Elkton, long before they could blame the economy for their troubles. Ask the resturants and businesses how they made out once the courthouse moved out of town.

    They’re just spending the town’s money without doing anything that’s make things better in downtown.
    Just call it Mayor Joe’s stimulus package. Hopefully Obama and Biden’s spending package will do more, but I doubt that too.

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