ON THE ISSUES…
Working for Responsible Growth
Greg supports predictable and responsible growth where the public is part of an open process. Everyone is entitled to make decisions based on the rules that have been set forth and participate in the process when potential changes are being considered. Greg openly stated his support for the referendum that called the Comp Lite process into question, a process where the citizens voices were never heard.
Working for Education
Greg supports the continued excellence of Howard County’s school system and providing the tools to ensure that all children receive a quality education. Growing up with a mother who was a public school teacher, having a wife who is currently a public school teacher and now having two children in our public schools, Greg understands the needs of the teachers and students. However, as the largest budget in the County, he also believes that we should hold the Board of Education accountable for their spending.
Working for a Sound Fiscal Policy
Greg will make sensible budget decisions that hold the line on taxes and will move toward tax relief, especially for our fixed income seniors. He recognizes that Howard County has the highest local income tax rate in the State and one of the highest property tax rates. The County has been faced with continuous increases in taxes during the past 8 years of the current administration. Even this year’s alleged 3% reduction in the property tax rate resulted in a 2% increase for most residents when you consider the 5% rise in most property assessments.
Working for a Safer Community
(Endorsed by Howard County Sheriff’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #131)
Greg understands that all areas of the county deserve a police presence. He knows we need to get more officers on the street so the West can have a presence too. While the police budget has ballooned in the past 8 years, it has not resulted in more officers on the street. Greg believes that we must also improve fire safety in the rural west and consider a program to install dry hydrants or cisterns.