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By Elise Armacost and Paul Shread and Elise Armacost and Paul Shread,Staff writers | July 19, 1991
The future of Anne Arundel's tax revolt now lies in the hands of a 15-member commission appointed yesterday by County Executive Robert R.Neall.The commission, created by Neall in return for the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association's promise not to oppose his 1992 budget, includes the association's vocal leader, Robert Schaeffer of Severna Park, and three other members.Sen. John A. Cade, R-Severna Park, a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, will chair the group.Annapolis attorney John R. Greiber Jr., who defended the AATA's proposed tax cap against a county court challenge last year, was named vice chairman of the commission.
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February 3, 2005
Problems rectified at water treatment plant Carroll County's Public Works Department has rectified problems the state identified at the county's Freedom Water Treatment plant in Eldersburg, officials said yesterday. On a Jan. 21 tour of the plant and its operations, a state inspector found that repair work was needed at an elevated storage tank and pipe. Officials also said the plant superintendent had let his operator's license expire, but the plant's six other operators have current licenses.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 16, 1993
"Our speaker won't be here," followed by a loud communal groan, marked the beginning of the meeting of the Carroll County Taxpayers Association last night.U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-6th, was a no-show at the meeting at the County Office Building.The freshman congressman had been detained in Washington for an unscheduled vote. The speaking engagement had to take a back seat to legislative duties, said Bert Lego, a member of the taxpayers association."We pay the congressman to vote on our behalf and we want him to be there to vote," said Mr. Lego, whose organization, he explained, "makes sure those we elect spend our money fairly and efficiently."
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2001
EASTON - A little more than a year after officials here effectively banned "big-box" retailers such as Home Depot, slow-growth advocates here have dealt the national chains another setback - stalling plans for two home improvement centers across the town line with a referendum drive that will let Talbot County voters decide in November 2002. At issue, for the moment, is Bill 808, a handful of technical changes to county zoning law meant to clear the way for a Home Depot and its rival Lowe's - which after 25 years in town wants a bigger building - at two sites set aside for light industry.
NEWS
March 25, 1992
From: Bob SchaefferAnne Arundel Taxpayers AssociationEvery voter and citizen of Anne Arundel County should be scared to death of a bill which has snuck into the legislature in Annapolis which will strip them of their right to participate in their own government.House Bill 714 has already reached the floor of the House after two successful readings. It will require citizens to obtain 20 percent of the registered voters of any county on any petition to amend the charter. That simply means, in Anne Arundel County, that almost40,000 signatures would be required to place any measure, including tax measures, on the Anne Arundel ballot.
NEWS
April 16, 1995
Move Election Day to April 16I am responding to the county commissioners' plan to increase the piggyback tax and Brian Sullam's column in The Sun for Carroll County on March 26.There is no doubt the county needs money to build schools and roads and the commissioners are trying to get that done by asking for more taxes. I commend them for making a hard decision.As a taxpayer and voter, I have to make a hard decision, too. Carroll County has been responsible and has cut everything it can, but the state and federal governments have not.Taxes have a cumulative effect and in 1994, I paid a full 35 percent of my income in taxes.
NEWS
June 6, 2004
Taxpayers group will meet tomorrow in Westminster The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. George Otto III will discuss "Part II -- The Federal Reserve vs. Honest Money." Also, Jerry Brunst will help homeowners prepare to challenge their assessment. The Carroll County Taxpayers Association is an affiliate of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, a group of citizens who monitor tax legislation at the local level.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | October 15, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll Republican, congratulated a group of residents last night for starting a taxpayers association."You should be commended for embarking on this very fruitful journey," he said.The Carroll County Taxpayers Association had its first public meeting last night at the County Office Building. Twenty-one people attended."We hope to be a forum for concerned citizens on tax and budget issues in the county and state," President Tom Boyle of Westminster said.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer | October 26, 1994
Twenty-two GOP candidates, ranging from county to statewide hopefuls, promised the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association to oppose any attempt to overturn the county's property tax cap or increase the piggyback tax, the amount of income tax the county collects.The candidates, including John G. Gary, the association's choice for county executive, signed an anti-tax pledge for the group during a ceremony in front of the State House in Annapolis."This campaign . . . is about how you want your money spent over the next four years," said Mr. Gary, who is running against Democrat Theodore J. Sophocleus.
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By Edwin E. Edel | March 13, 1991
The Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association represents a cross-section ofcounty taxpayers organized to ensure fiscal responsibility in countyand state government. The association -- a member of the Maryland Taxpayers Association -- is non-profit and non-partisan in its orientation and activities.The association's State Government Committee was elected by its members to monitor, research, report on and interact with various levels of state government to further the association's purpose.Where we stand:The AATA believes the majority of taxpayers ofAnne Arundel County and the state of Maryland are totally frustratedwith government's ability to control spending, set public prioritiesand respond to taxpayer concerns.
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By Kenneth R. Timmerman | February 2, 2001
WHAT'S HAPPENING in Annapolis with Gov. Parris N. Glendening's bloated budget is as if people were being cheated out of a week's salary. When legislators arrived in Annapolis in January, the state was forecasting a tax surplus of nearly $400 million by the end of the fiscal year, on June 30. If the economy picks up, thanks to federal tax cuts and Federal Reserve Board interest rate cuts, the actual tax surplus could be significantly higher. Last year, it reached $930 million. These overpayments are not trivial.
NEWS
December 3, 2000
Taxpayers group invites legislators to meeting tomorrow The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Members of the Carroll County delegation to Annapolis have been invited to the meeting to receive the association's proposals for the 2001 General Assembly session. The association is an affiliate of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, which monitors tax legislation. The association also helps property owners understand their property tax documents and protest high assessments.
NEWS
September 29, 1996
Hypocrisy from Johns Gary and GreiberHypocrisy has been taken to new heights. In 1990, the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association touted a tax cap to "rid the government of waste" and "save taxpayer dollars." Now we find the president of the taxpayers association, John Greiber, has been paid $10,000 in tax dollars to duplicate a study already being done by county attorneys.Of course, his study included taxpayer-billed trips to Florida and New England. Strange that County Executive John Gary and Budget Officer John Hammond seemed to be the only ones in the Arundel Center to approve some of these back-room deals.
NEWS
April 16, 1995
Move Election Day to April 16I am responding to the county commissioners' plan to increase the piggyback tax and Brian Sullam's column in The Sun for Carroll County on March 26.There is no doubt the county needs money to build schools and roads and the commissioners are trying to get that done by asking for more taxes. I commend them for making a hard decision.As a taxpayer and voter, I have to make a hard decision, too. Carroll County has been responsible and has cut everything it can, but the state and federal governments have not.Taxes have a cumulative effect and in 1994, I paid a full 35 percent of my income in taxes.
NEWS
By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer | October 26, 1994
Twenty-two GOP candidates, ranging from county to statewide hopefuls, promised the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association to oppose any attempt to overturn the county's property tax cap or increase the piggyback tax, the amount of income tax the county collects.The candidates, including John G. Gary, the association's choice for county executive, signed an anti-tax pledge for the group during a ceremony in front of the State House in Annapolis."This campaign . . . is about how you want your money spent over the next four years," said Mr. Gary, who is running against Democrat Theodore J. Sophocleus.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 16, 1993
"Our speaker won't be here," followed by a loud communal groan, marked the beginning of the meeting of the Carroll County Taxpayers Association last night.U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-6th, was a no-show at the meeting at the County Office Building.The freshman congressman had been detained in Washington for an unscheduled vote. The speaking engagement had to take a back seat to legislative duties, said Bert Lego, a member of the taxpayers association."We pay the congressman to vote on our behalf and we want him to be there to vote," said Mr. Lego, whose organization, he explained, "makes sure those we elect spend our money fairly and efficiently."
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