Dear Council Member Friedson,
I read with interest your message on Fiscal Responsibility and ask that you please reconsider your stance against the [Montgomery County, MD] Charter Amendments.
These are good, solid Charter Amendments that will be good for the citizens and good for the county!
I am a proud, 30-year resident of Montgomery County [MoCo], and I believe, along with a great many of my neighbors, that a cap on Property Tax is an excellent form of fiscal responsibility. It will help our county search for and eliminate duplicative and wasteful and unneeded programs – of which there are many. It will help the county reevaluate employee compensation and pay raises – these are far higher than the U.S. government pays for comparable jobs. It may force the county to reevaluate the 6% dividends the county guarantees for MoCo employees’ retirement plans: Maintaining such a high dividend must certainly be dragging down the budget since no one in the world, except for Montgomery County, MD employees, can obtain a guaranteed 6% dividend in any one retirement plan.
Approving the cap on property taxes may force the county to stop the county’s hidden payments to a private trash hauler to haul out and dump half of our recyclables because they are unsalable – why are we paying recycling fees in our property tax to have them hauled? We could remove this expensive and illegitimate recycling program and go back to openly hauling trash, which you doing anyway, and save us all some money.
These are only some of the things a property tax cap could accomplish!
As for the 9 districts – what a fabulous idea for each area to have one of their own to represent them. A great many of us are delighted by this prospect!
Think about this Mr. Friedson. If you support these amendments and do not disparage them, we will all support you.
Be strong! Stand up to those bullies on the council and be a true representative of your citizens!
If you like, I can gather a list of citizens for you so you can see how many of us really like these ideas. But wait – you already have a list of 10,000 signatures for each Amendment. You do not need anything more from me, do you?
A Concerned Citizen