County Executive Jan Gardner and her comrades in the County Council have proven once again they are not for the people. This county and the state are suffering enough due to the virus. What does our county executive and four of the council do? They increase property taxes.

As if what she did by not opening the county was not enough, she decided not to go by the governor's reopen policy, but conferred with the leaders of Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

She ignored our own county council without conferring with them and just made up her mind based on a conference with two counties whose numbers are outlandish. She said she based this on numbers, however the hospital is not at capacity nor has it been at capacity. Unfortunately our numbers show that over 80 percent are from the nursing homes, not the general public.

People know what to do to protect themselves, it has been drummed into our heads from the start. If you are still not up to venturing out and want to stay safe, then stay home and only travel for necessities like food, meds, etc. But for those who want to open up and venture out safely, they should be able to do so. Businesses should be able to open and safely do business.

If you think there will be no piper to pay for this free money we are getting, you are wrong. I believe people would rather be working as usual instead of taking handouts. There will be changes in the way we do things that is a given. But unless we start opening up we will not be able to try the things we need to do this properly. While the rest of the state opens up and gets back to business, we continue to stay closed. Open the county Ms. Gardner based on the governor's guidelines. Oh, and thank you and the council for raising our property taxes. I'm sure the people appreciate that.

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At-risk people such as the elderly and those with medical conditions cannot be truly isolated. As people venture out and inevitably spread the virus, they will be spreading it to healthcare workers to tend to this vulnerable population. The more people go out, the more likely such a healthcare worker will become infected. It only takes one infected person to introduce the virus to a hospital or long-term care facility. The risks individuals take affect everyone, including those we are trying to protect in isolation.


With all his spare time, this guy spends it running for the local Republican Central Committee and writing FNP letters to the editor that make no sense. I wish he would turn his energy into productive endeavors around Middletown and Frederick County.

Instead of gabbing about Jenkins and illegals and Gardner and the County Council, why not go volunteer at the local Middletown food pantry? Or picket the road construction workers who are now in year three of the Middletown Main Street construction project? Or, deliver some doughnuts to the local Middletown Fire Department?

A life well lived is a life well spoken of, and for.


This writer incorrect. Property tax rate stayed steady. If your property taxes increased, it is because your property value increased. That is a good thing.

The writer needs to get his facts straight, or he ends up looking like a fool. If he wants to venture out and about that is his personal choice, but I do not want my personal tax dollars to go towards his hospitalization, meds, recuperation, unemployment check or burial costs.


"But for those who want to open up and venture out safely..." safety was always an illusion people need to venture out. The stakes are higher than ever, as in, people die. We can't tell who is infected until it is too late for them and anyone they infected. If a meal or activity is worth dying for, that's your call. That's the risk. PS no vaccine for dead.


If your taxes increase from one year to the next, that is an "increase", no matter how you slice it. Such a shame wages don't automatically increase from year to year !!


You talk about the result of many different causes. We need to sort out the causes and increased property values are a major factor. How do we blame the elected people for that?


You can blame them for promoting growth which then results in a higher demand for housing which then results in higher housing costs (property values).


Wow! What a bunch of crap. Taxes were not raised and the county is in an outstanding financial position because of good management under Jan. Businesses were shut down by the Governor and everything Jan is doing is within the Governor's directive for phasing in. This guy is probably listening to Hough who tells one lie after another.


What do you want to do that you can’t do SAFELY? Get a haircut? Go to a bar?


Exactly, Phydeaux, do it safely. Wear a mask when required and wash your hands. [ninja]


Anyone who has had financial difficulties had better not be going out to bars.


I appreciate Jan Gardner. I appreciate the services the County does that would cost much more if done by individuals. Government does have a reason to exist. I appreciate hat deals to sell property below its value were corrected by Jan Gardner. That was a mess and with her help we survived it.


It's amazing how so much of what you wrote is wrong. But, oet's just talk about property taxes. The rate was lept constant - that means no increase. What increased (in some cases) was property value. Isn't that why folks by property? Would you rather have values go down.?


I'm always surprised when people complain about being wealthier than before.






I don't plan on selling my house, so I don't regard it as a liquid asset. So yah, I would benefit if my property value went down while the property tax rate remained constant. But that's just my perspective.


I do not see it as a liquid asset either. However there is "A reverse mortgage is a mortgage loan, usually secured by a residential property, that enables the borrower to access the unencumbered value of the property." Some do.

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