REPORT PROPOSES DRAINING TAXPAYERS
From: G. W. Bauernschmidt Jr.
The *# %$)!"* Linowes Commission did just what thinking Marylanders thought it would. It searched for new veins to siphon off additional financial blood from the Maryland taxpayers instead of proposing a fairer, revenue-neutral system. Maryland already is one of the highest taxed states in the nation, and its taxpayers have tax-scarred financial veins like those of a hardened junkie.
Instead of a recommended increase in taxes disguised by a fast tax shuffle, what Maryland badly needs is an independent, hardnose commission to seek out ways to reduce state and local tax needs. At all levels, Maryland government is rife with programs, services, inflated wages and bloated benefits, expensive buildings, excessive assets, giveaways, perquisites, padded payrolls, boondoggles, junkets, expense accounts, cars and travel allowances, sweetheart deals, cronyism and allegiance to special interests which are unnecessary and cost taxpayers dearly.
Do we really want a socialistic Maryland with entrenched wealth transfers and the enthroning of politicians through vote-buying with tax dollars?
Now you know why the Linowes Commissions report was delayed until after the recent election. In the hearings held by the commission, very, very, few private citizens as such were heard. The vast majority of the 147 people who testified were ones whose personal and/or organizational interests were in receiving ever more tax dollares. Giving the voters a voice in how they are taxed is too dangerous to political ambitions.
It will probably do little good until '92, but tell your representatives now how you feel about the shaft which the Linowes Commission recommends.
TAX-CAP GROUP TO FORGE AHEAD
From: Bob Schaeffer
President, Anne Arundel Taxpayers for Responsive Government.
Now that the post-election dust has settled, we at the Anne Arundel Taxpayers for Responsive Government (AATRG) have taken stock of our activities over the past year. It is true that the property tax cap measure failed at the polls, but it is equally true that the spending dialogue engaged in by all candidates, the 60 percent voter turnout and the heightened awareness of many county residents regarding spending issues all resulted in large measure from the labor of AATRG. We believe that the voters sent a strong message to all elected candidates regarding spending.
The failure of the tax measure was by a close margin and conceivably had as much to do with the confusion over the wording as anything. The message by at least 48,000 voters was clear: No frivolous spending. No additional taxes. This is a message not to be ignored.
County officials should not be deluded into thinking that the voter said that he wanted to see property tax revenues increase more that 4.5 percent annually. The voter responded to the scare campaign regarding services, which was unfortunate, but certainly the voter did not tell the government it is now permissable to jack up those property taxes again. If I am wrong about this, all who do want their porperty taxes to continue at the same 9 percent rate as before, please write the editors and correct me.
AATRG intends to continue monitoring county spending. We correctly predicted the results of the Linowes Commission (more taxes) and we correctly pointed out the bloated salaries of county bureucracy in both government and school administration, belatedly verified by the Capital's revealing investigation. Perhaps residents will want to pay more attention to us from here on.
For all those who are interested in seeing the work of AATRG continue, your opportunity to demonstrate your continuing or new commitment is available. A general membership meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Balwin Hall, at the intersection of Route 178 (General's Highway) and Millersville Road. Please attend and put forward your ideas.
This meeting is intended to set the future course of AATRG. We thank you for your past support.
KIDNEY PROGRAM CUT IS TRAGEDY TO MOTHER
From: Dawn M. Fischer
Editor's Note: The following letter is addressed to Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
I am writing to you of my great concern over the budget cuts. I am a 42-year-old wife and mother who operates a licensed family day-care (program) in my home. I also happen to be a kidney patient. I do CAPD (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) in my home four times a day, seven days a week. The elimination of the Kidney Disease Program, which pays for my life-sustaining medication, will have a very large impact on my life.