Cynthia L. Foley, Republican: Chose not to answer the question.
Robin Bartlett Frazier, Republican, incumbent: I proposed a 5 cent tax decrease starting in 2010; my colleagues did not vote to make this reduction. Currently we've seen 3.25 cents in tax cuts. This year the county's portion of the surplus is $12.6 million which indicates $2.75 million additional could have been absorbed. I will continue to push for the total 5 cent tax cut. Residents benefit from tax cuts by having a property tax bill that is not increasing keeping their mortgage payments stable. All citizens benefit when businesses are able to stay in business or expand with the more substantial savings they realize by the tax cuts. Small business is the backbone of the economy. Revenues have NOT decreased from year to year, nor was there a reduction in total county spending as the words "cuts in the county budget" would indicate.
Jackie Jones, Democrat: Cutting taxes does not help the economy. If I heard correctly, from the county budget briefing that Carroll County received less tax revenue this past year and some of that is because the commissioners lowered taxes. Historically, if taxes are lowered, we end up paying more in the coming years. It is a fact the commissioners have neglected schools, services and employees for past 4-6 yeas and not all was due to economics.
Tina Mawhinney, Republican: Lowering taxes makes a commission popular to the public but unfortunately the repercussions of the lower revenue is not worth the nominal per person savings.
Stephen Albert Wantz, Republican: With our location in the metro region comes a responsibility to maintain our citizens expected quality of life, and level of delivered service by local government. While all appreciate lower taxes, these tax decreases have been minimal per household, so we must make sure the cut is worth the benefit. We are cutting public education but putting $800,000 into a private education fund. Carroll is fifth in the state in median property taxes. We are rural but we incur expenses differently than many of the rural counties based on our location. As a small business and property owner I plan for and budget tax expenses.There is no need to increase taxes, as correct utilization of funds can lead to better spending. Our bond ratings depend on sound reserves and fund balances. With an improving economy and being fiscally responsible, I anticipate future tax decreases.