This letter to the editor from Mike Dunn, a candidate for County Commissioner, was submitted to the Cecil Whig two weeks ago. Periodically we’ve printed other letters that didn’t appear in the newspaper and since Mike forwarded a copy to Someone Noticed, asking if we would publish it, we’ve posted it here. The letter about charter government was in response to another letter that daily newspaper printed on its editorial page.
I was very concerned by Monday’s letter from the Cecil Land Use Alliance promoting charter government. It is troubling that CLUA is taking this position when according to the State Board of Elections, “The Friends of Charter” are overwhelmingly financed by out-of-state and out-of-county developers. Is this really “more local control?”
There are also a number of inaccuracies which I feel need to be corrected. The statement by Ms. Belknap that the cost of government will not increase is incorrect. Every charter government in Maryland has become bigger and more expensive over time, not to mention new taxing powers that are given to any charter government under Article 25 of the state code.
Charter removes the current checks and balances by eliminating the elected office of treasurer and removing the power of the state delegation to fight tax hikes. Charter would also prohibit citizens from going to the polls to challenge tax increases by referendum.
I would suggest that CLUA look into the ongoing situtation being documented by local blogs. This scandal shows that money from out-of-county builders is funding “Friends of Charter.”
How can we end up with “clearer accountability” under charter when they start with this? The fact is charter will only result in bigger government with higher taxes. Please save Cecil County and vote no to Charter!
Rising Sun, MD – Candidate for Cecil County Commissioner