Saying he wanted to get a better perspective on senior problems, Anne Arundel County Councilman David Boschert paid the first of what he said would be monthly visits to the O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton yesterday.
"It's a new program," O'Malley Director Ann Marie Remillard said. "One day I got a call from the councilman's aide suggesting he come speak to the seniors."
"Seniors have the same problems as everyone else," Ms. Remillard said. "Seniors are just another community of people."
Mr. Boschert, a councilman for eight years, said, "Seniors have justifiable concerns."
One of the largest, he said, is property taxes. "Seniors are being penalized because they have limited incomes, and property assessments keep going up. They can't afford to live here anymore."
The councilman said he wants to set up a round table with local and state officials and tax assessors to discuss the problem, which he said is primarily a state concern. Property tax assessments are done by the state, although the tax rate is set by the county.
Lydia Boberg, who attended the forum, said the county is on the right track.
"The county's doing better," said Ms. Boberg, 63. "The state has the problem. Those county property taxes . . . it's all [Gov. William Donald] Schaefer."
Joe Skarwecki, 71, praised Mr. Boschert's support for the Disabled Veterans Association, but said he is not completely satisfied with his performance on the council.
"I believe there are some discrepancies," Mr. Skarwecki said. "For example, Piney Orchard Boulevard in Odenton. It's a mess, and somebody's got to take care of it."
Other issues discussed included veterans affairs and limiting council members to two terms.