From Harford County Campaign for Liberty:
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Make your voice heard!
Saturday, January 15 9AM to Noon at the AA Roberty Building in Bel Air
Thursday, January 20 6PM at the Joppatowne High School
As residents of Maryland and Harford County we potentially face many increases of taxes and fees in 2011.
From Annapolis we hear the potential exists for a rise in the state gasoline tax, a possible doubling of the “flush tax”, a hike in the alcohol tax, and a RISE IN HIGHWAY TOOLS. And there is a move in the State Legislature to move the obligation for teacher pensions onto local jurisdictions, a move that would plunge every county in this State into a fiscal upheaval.
Here in Harford the county faces a potential $26 million to $60 million budgetary shortfall. The Board of Education is asking for a $26 million increase over last year’s budget. The County has spent $17 million in recordation taxes that it never received. And a significant staffing increase must occur at the County Detention center where an expansion will grow the population housed from 474 to 762 prisoners.
Campaign for Liberty is asking that you join us at two very important hearings concerning the Board of Education and County budgets. These budgets will directly effect your tax rate.
The first meeting is at the Board of Ed on Saturday, January 15th. The time is 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It is located at the AA Roberty Building, 102 South Hickory Avenue in Bel Air. County residents need to express to the Board of Ed that a $26 million dollar increase does not reflect good judgement in these economically challenging times.
The second meeting is a hearing by County Executive David Craig to get citizen input on the 2012 budget. This meeting will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Joppatowne High School. The session will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. The address is 555 Joppa Farm Road, Joppa, MD.
Residents need to express to the County Executive that real cuts in the County budget must be made as current spending levels are simply unsustainable. County residents can no longer be counted on to be an endless piggy bank for ever increasing largess in government.