County Administration Building – March 16, 2010 – When the County Commissioners started working on the public’s business this evening, one item interested most attending citizens. The planning commission had recommended changes in proposed zoning districts. During the public hearing land owners, conservationists, lawyers, business interests, and everyday citizens reacted to the proposal. The room, which was about two-thirds full at 7:00 p.m. started emptying out after the comprehensive public hearing on these recommended changes.
Some county advocacy groups had billed the evening as an opportunity “to urge the county to cut property taxes” and the chance to offer general remarks was up next. A member of the Cecil County Tea-party movement stood up to say that Commissioner Hodge deserved a round of applause for showing up at some of the group’s meetings and listening to their concerns which were all about “fiscal responsibility and tax restraint.” He continued: “Please come to our meetings. . . Please listen to us, we’re reaching out to you.” Adding that the movement often made general remarks about county fiscal matters the citizen said he was going to make only one cost control suggestion this evening. Replace the school superintendent was the proposal. President Lockhart then advised that no one else was there to speak so the board moved on to a range of technical action items. By 8:30 the crowd was quickly thinning out on the Mason-Dixon Line since the meeting was over. A couple with a tax protest sign stood at the exterior door cheerfully passing out flyers for an upcoming April 17th rally as people headed home.