The following letter was received from Barbara Kreamer:
Aberdeen, Maryland: The two incumbent candidates ignored the people’s memo: lower the taxes. The taxpayers of Aberdeen were hit with at least a fifty-five percent increase in the tax bill in the Simmons administration, and the current government has increased the property tax burden. While the rate has gone down three cents over the past two years, rising assessments have more than offset that. This Council with the votes of the incumbent candidates could not even stick to a Constant Yield rate in a year of fiscal hardship for families in Aberdeen. The people of Aberdeen need someone who will stand up for their best civic interests and protect their financial resources. That is why I filed my candidacy yesterday for Mayor of Aberdeen.
The entire Aberdeen government is up for a vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 – and not a moment too soon. The current Mayor with one year’s experience in office proposed cancellation of the mayoral election of 2011 in order to create a four-year term. As if the City Council were not mired enough in groupthink, the Mayor’s proposed charter amendment would coerce conformity among the City Council and discourage their oversight activities. The incumbent tells me that he is “in the middle of things”. Does he intend to revive the charter amendment proposal if reelected? Does he intend to bring back the B & O office building proposal?
We need a Mayor who protects the revenue stream. There are charitable giveaways of tax funds, yet the City employees got no raise this year. From free water and sewer hookups to proposals for property tax-free housing, the incumbent candidates have foregone and want to forego more moneys due to the city treasury in their largesse. An expensive new trash truck whose price is as much as the assessed value of houses on West Bel Air Avenue will arrive soon after the city election. What other expenses do the incumbent candidates have in store for us?
We need sound law enforcement, and we need cost effective government. We need a Mayor who is as careful with the people’s budget as she is with her own frugal purse. We need a Mayor who will manage the cabinet and the workforce with praise and prudence.
The incumbent has given over too much authority to employees and proposes to give more. Aberdeen needs a Mayor who does not hesitate to speak up for the concerns of Aberdeen residents and does not shy away from negotiation and action in the fiscal interest of the people. If the record of achievement is strong, the voters will accord an elected official an additional term. The people of Aberdeen have given me strong support in several elections. Aberdeen’s core support was key in electing me to four years on the County Council representing District E and eight years in the Delegation to Annapolis representing the 34th District.
And I produced. The town park was my idea derived from an historic plat of Aberdeen showing two parks never built. Education improved. A major overhaul of the state pay system brought pay equity to female and minority-dominated jobs. Corporal punishment was eliminated from the public schools. Alternative education venues kept disruptive youth out of the front row but still furthering their education. The state government law of procurement was clarified and modernized with my leadership.
Now I ask Aberdeen voters to return me to office in a year that calls for strong leadership to advance the cause of Aberdeen in paring back the tax imbalance that discourages new BRAC residents and to bring good ideas to reality for fiscal devices that will ease the property tax burden on Aberdeen residents.
Aberdeen needs a growing tax base and more sophisticated economic development for prosperous commercial districts. We need focused planning and a more balanced inventory of housing. We need to spur our young people to educational achievement. An able workforce attracts enterprise. We need to enlist more citizens to volunteer for a lively social and cultural base. Many of us enjoy a high quality of life in Aberdeen, and I want more Aberdeen residents to share in that.
This is a non-partisan election. I invite volunteers to call me. My number has always been listed in the phonebook, and I have always been accessible to the people. I need help to turn out the vote for Barbara Osborn Kreamer on November 3rd. I invite citizens who want the experienced and intrepid leadership that I bring to this race to send contributions to “Friends of Barbara Kreamer”. Mail checks to my treasurer Anne Baker Dulik at 610 West Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001.