It is an undisputed fact that county executive candidate Jan Gardner donated money to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s election campaign. The O’Malley administration implemented the “rain tax.” Obviously Jan Gardner supports our governor, but she remains silent when asked if she supports the “rain tax.” This is a relevant question for candidate Gardner, as the “rain tax” is on our property tax bills.

I support county executive candidate Blaine Young, who fought the “rain tax” — even thumbing his nose at O’Malley by charging us only a penny on our property tax bills. The Frederick News-Post acknowledged with a bull’s-eye in its campaign fact-checking article that candidate Gardner has consistently raised taxes and fees on the families of Frederick County.

Will county executive candidate Jan Gardner support the “rain tax” with an increase from a penny? I fear that if she is elected we will be faced with more taxes at the local level.



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Mary, really? Is this the best you can do? The so called rain tax is a drop in the bucket [no pun intended!] compared to all the problems associated with Young.


Q: Why is Blaine opposed to the rain tax? A: Because he didn't think of of it himself! He should be worried about it with approving 20000 plus house to be built in eastern Frederick County. Maybe these new houses should pay the full rain tax, but wait, Blaine wouldn't make a dime off it like he did with the builders lining his wallet, and Kirby getting contracts for it. All the houses being built will add to run off into the creeks going into the Monocacy and Potomac rivers, or into the Frederick City watershed, which all go into the Bay. I am opposed to the tax also, but it is a state tax, nothing the the BoCC or county council have control over it. I didn't see Blaine, Billy, Kirby, or Paul running to Annapolis everyday to lobby against it before if was voted into law, so their inactions speak just as loudly as Jan not answering it at all. Let's stick to the local issues, like all the money we are losing on Montevue/Citizens, over building in eastern Frederick County, with no infrastructure plans, and raising the fire tax for a third of the county with no added services for those citizens, except hiring an overpaid fire chief to the volunteers, which still has no support yet from them


Boyce, how hypocritical to support a rain tax and burning garbage in an incinerator that will result in the dumping of 400,000 gallons daily of toxic wastewater into the bay, along with 7 Million lbs of toxic particulate which will eventually also wind up in the Bay...loaded with mercury, lead, dioxin,arsenic and hexavalent chromium. just to name a few of the toxins should know better...omalley supported both because he was paid by Covanta which operates the incinerator in Dickerson and after the $100K was given , omalley signed a bill declaring burning garbage and tires to be Tier One do not always get what you pay for but Covanta did !

Boyce Rensberger

Opposing the badly named "rain tax" is the same thing as opposing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

Maybe there should be a law that if you don't pay into the clean-up fund, you don't get to go swimming or boating on the Bay, and you don't get to eat crabs or oysters either.

You get what you pay for.


That is a great idea. I have never put so much as a toe in the Bay, and have never been boating or fishing in the Bay, or anywhere else. I don't eat crabs, they are nasty. Don't fertilize a yard or use weed killer, bug killer, or anything else in my yard. So, please exempt me from this tax. Tax the cesspool of Baltimore more. Baltimore is responsible for most of the state's runoff into the Bay.

I have a few more taxes from which I would like to be exempted for similar reasons.


Nov 4th; the children will be sent home with a scolding.


It's raining, it's pouring, Jan is ignoring...


Perhaps Blaine could also explain why he is against clean water and protecting the Bay, one of Maryland's greatest resources. Please also be honest that this is not a "rain tax" but a way to lessen the impact of run-off on our streams, rivers and the bay.
This also impacts our drinking water. "Thumbing your nose" is also not a very mature or thoughtful response.


A penny for your thoughts, Jan!

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