From Cecil County Spending: Taxed Enough Already —
Below is the audio of Senator Pipkin presenting Maryland Senate Bill 730. Click here to listen for yourself. Pipken points out the reasons for presenting this bill. The audio also includes testimony by Chris Zeauskas, candidate for County Commissioner advocating in favor of the bill.
Prohibiting the County Commissioners of Cecil County from setting a county property tax rate that exceeds the constant yield tax rate, excluding revenue from real property appearing for the 1st time on the assessment roll; and applying the Act to tax years beginning after June 30, 2010.
If you listen to around 11 minutes, and 30 seconds, you’ll hear County Commissioner Robert Hodge express strong opposition to this bill in his own words. You’ll also hear him say he “doesn’t want his hands tied” when it comes to being able to raise property taxes. He said it–listen to his words for yourself. He did get one thing right: he IS “going to be held accountable by the voters and citizens of Cecil County.” I’m looking forward to that day.