As the county commissioners prepare for the upcoming session in Annapolis, the new Republican Board of Commissioners met with the state delegation to discuss local government’s legislative needs. While several things interested the commissioners, such as liquor license regulations and park rules, revenue and budgets were a major concern as they prepare for the upcoming budget cycle and how state actions could help or hinder.
Commissioners Diana Broomell and Tari Moore brought up the subject. Concerned about financial burdens for the county, Commissioner Moore inquired, “What kind of tools can you help us with to deal with these regulations.” “We might be interested in new fees,” Commissioner Broomell added, as she inquired about impact fees and excise tax authority for the county. Later in the evening, a Tea Party leader Ron Lobos, had specifically recognized Commissioner Broomell as as an earlier organizer of the movement in Cecil County and one of its principal supporters.
The delegation had a different philosophy when it comes to giving the county more taxing authority. “The three delegates and myself are not supportive of impact fees or excise taxes,” Senator Pipkin informed the board. “It’s not the way to pay for growth.” “There’s nothing coming to the counties,” Delegate Smigiel added. “You need to cut government. New taxes and new revenue sources are not an option.”