From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Fall is here already!
Cheap Trees in Baltimore County
Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is hosting its 8th bi-annual Big Trees Sale to encourage homeowners to plant trees in their yards.
Trees range from $20 to $30 and are mostly 4-5 feet in three gallon pots. Trees must be ordered on line. The pick-up date is Saturday, October 12.
Click Here to Order on-line (Baltimore County residents)
Any questions about the Big Trees sale may be emailed to EPS at email@example.com
Great News on the Rain Tax!
For those of you who missed it, Harford County Executive David Craig is calling for the repeal of the Rain Tax in Harford County! This is great news – not just for Harford County property owners. This is just the first of our victories. The Harford County repeal should pass through the Council in October. Thanks David Craig!
I continue to hear from Baltimore County property owners about their ridiculously high Rain Tax bills.
- The Depot building (huge old aircraft building) at the end of Rt 43 in Middle River has a $70,000 annual bill.
- RG Steel, which occupies part of the once great Bethlehem Steel, has a Rain Tax bill of $774,000 yearly.
- Wirtz and Daughters in White Marsh – a great two generation family owned business – has an $8,500 yearly Rain Tax Bill. They sell landscaping materials like mulch and stone – the very materials used to help keep are area beautiful.
- Camz Dumptrucks in Rosedale has a $13,000 annual bill. He employs about 50 people in good jobs – trucking and mechanics.
How will Baltimore County businesses compete against businesses in neighboring counties that do not charge the Rain Tax? Some will raise their prices – if they can. Others will be forced to cut their payroll, the highest expense for most businesses. After all, business cannot print money; only the federal government can do that.
Be sure to sign the petition on the right side of this newsletter. If you have a Rain Tax bill that you want to appeal, please be sure to do that ASAP. If you have a Rain Tax bill you want to share with me, please do so.
The Rain Tax is soaking Maryland.
Latest News on the New Firearm Law
The firearm bill that passed during the last legislative session is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2013.
1. The Maryland State Police had a huge backlog of applications for firearms. Firearm applications include personal information including full name, address, birth date and social security number. In an attempt to get the applications processed, the State Police enlisted other state agencies to help process the forms. This has the potential of exposing citizens’ personal information in a non-secure way. The House Republican Caucus is looking into this and asking for answers about how that information was protected. A lawsuit has been filed by the Associated Gun Clubs.
2. The Maryland Attorney General issued an opinion saying if you have not picked up your handgun before October 1, you will have to follow the new that is much more onerous. It was previously believed that as long as someone had purchased a handgun prior to October 1- and were awaiting processing of paperwork, the current law would be applied. Last week was the deadline for first time handgun owners to fall under the current law.
3. There will be a number of legal challenges to the new firearm law. If you want to stay up to date on this issue, I recommend that you sign up for email updates from the Associated Gun Clubs – AGC website
4. There is a rally in support of gun rights scheduled in Annapolis on Monday, September 23 at 11:00 AM. See the AGC website for more information.
It’s with great joy that I share with you the marriage of our two sons this summer!
Eric married Amanda on July 13th at Ravens Stadium! Everyone had a ball – pun intended!
Steve married Christy on September 14th at Maryvale Castle in Baltimore County. It was a fairytale wedding – castle included!
We cannot be more proud of our sons and their beautiful brides and we are blessed beyond measure. Thankfully, all four live right here in the Baltimore area so we get to see them regularly.
I guess the next chapter in life begins… God is Good!
Thanks for your continued support and prayers. I will keep you updated on this important issue as more information is made available.
As always, do not hesitate to call me if I can be of assistance to you and your family.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga
Maryland House of Delegates