Regarding the article published on Oct. 25 about the downtown hotel and conference center, and the debate over it by Sen. Ron Young (who was mayor of Frederick for 16 years) and Michael Hough, readers and taxpayers need to keep in mind what the following quote from Young means: “Improvements such as a downtown hotel and conference center and more parking increase the property values in nearby commercial and residential neighborhoods, increasing the local tax base.”
In plain speak, it means that when the tax appraised value of your house goes up, so will your taxes. You might benefit by getting a higher price when you sell your historic district property, but in the meantime, you and all of us who aren’t planning to sell will have to pay more property taxes with no financial increase.
Ron Young’s plans always seemed to cost taxpayers more money — renting the Delaplaine Center to the arts group for only $99 a year and, if I remember correctly, the city (meaning taxpayers) paid (for a while) or is paying (long-term) their utilities for them, too.
The arts should be privately funded. In the Oct. 25 article, Hough hit the nail on the head when he said, “It is not the role of government to build hotels. It is the role of the private developers.”
That goes for other nonessentials like art, too. It doesn’t matter if people like looking at it. Young was not careful with Frederick taxpayers’ money when he was mayor, and he doesn’t seem to be careful with Maryland taxpayers’ money either, now that he works on the state level.
Since he left teaching decades ago, he has been in politics and obviously wants to stay in politics, even though elected jobs were meant to be held temporarily by citizens, who after a few or several years, went back to their private careers.
The Deep State isn’t only on the federal level. Hough also said in the article that no public taxpayer money should be used for the hotel project. That money should be used for other immediate infrastructure needs, such as roads or schools. He pointed to crowding in the county’s public schools, along with needed ramp improvements along U.S. 340.
Good roads benefit all taxpayers; a hotel, murals, and an arts center might be nice to have around, but they actually benefit very few in essential ways.