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The Tentacle


August 4, 2015

Behind The Closed Doors

Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

Here we are in Frederick County, land of government run amok with $10 million in new spending, false tax credits for big business, and a County Council that is nothing more than an extension of the County Executive.

We on the council are supposed to be a check and balance to the Executive branch, but as of our first eight months in office, we are nothing more than an extension of the Executive simply because four of the seven member council have no vision, leadership or desire to blaze their own path.

Here’s an example of some spending by our County Executive that the Council has rubber stamped.

This is just a few of many in the Executive’s branch and this group alone is being paid approximately $1.2 Million. And don’t forget the additional cost of the benefits each qualifies for. Being one of two (possibly three) dissenting votes, we have little we can do to stop this other than to bring it to the forefront as much as possible.

All I can tell you is what I said in one of our previous Council meetings: the only thing that will decrease in county government over the next 3 ½ years is our bond rating.

If you really want to make a liberal mad, talk about what they’re doing behind closed doors in a public session without warning. They go ballistic when that happens. They want closed-door politics with as little public input as possible.

One thing is for certain. They didn’t think Council member Billy Shreve and I did our homework. They understand now that we read everything; we ask questions; and we won’t be coerced into the go-along-to-get-along mentality just because the News-Post pens a few hit pieces against us.

The News-Post has one serious miscalculation. The voters in District 5, are informed, smart and pay attention to the facts. So the negative campaign that is waged in most cases has little, if any, effect in the North end of the county.

I’m glad to represent people up here in the largest district in the county, and I will continue to listen and speak about the things that mean the most to the constituents of the district.

 



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