Two four-year-term council seats and the four-year mayoral position are up for election in the City of Taneytown. Five candidates are vying for the two council seats, while incumbent James McCarron is running unopposed for another term as mayor.
Registered voters may cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 4 at the Taneytown Police Department, 120 E. Baltimore St.
The Times asked candidates to explain their three most important issues in the election, each in 75 words or fewer. The responses are presented unedited.
Candidates for City Council
Carl E. Ebaugh
Maintain an eye on public works issues such as streets and infrastructure. We are currently in the initial stages of upgrading our waste water treatment plant, a multi million dollar project. It is satisfying to have the street scape project finished. These projects can only be properly completed with the full understanding and help of the community.
To increase help to our police force. In todays world it has become as dangerous to be a police officer in small town America as it is to be a marine in downtown Baghdad. It is only proper that the city council insure that our force has all the needed items and support we can give them.
To continue budget support and direction in a reasonable way. It is quite important to fully understand the needs of the town and not succumb to a fantasy world of cost promises that can not be achieved, but used only as a ploy to be elected. I would invite far more townfolks to attend these budget meetings each year. As the town grows this will become an even greater project.
User Friendly Town Government — Improvement is needed
Repeal Water/Sewer Rate Hike Resolution — without a vote to repeal water rates will go up yearly unless Rogerson and Frazier are elected.
Why are Real Estate Taxes the Second Highest in Carroll County? Get the flush tax and road Tax money taken from our citizens back to Taneytown. Gonna see my friend Larry Hogan and Secretary David Craig about that.
To see Taneytown become more appealing and know how interesting a small town with lots of history can be. Taneytown needs some beautification. We need to freshen up many of the buildings to make the town more presentable.
Solve some local problems. I would like the community to grow..Parking seems to be a complaint from the community, as well as the economy. Taneytown residents need to support the local businesses.
I'd like to have more retirees get involved in the community, such as, volunteer to do tutoring (reading, mathematics, and science), help the boy and girl scouts, 4-H clubs, and the sports programs.
As of midnight Friday, this candidate had not responded to multiple requests from the Times.
Bradley J. Wantz
1.Protect residential zoning laws — Even when homes are used for commercial purposes, it is important that they do no entrench on the rights of neighboring properties. Last year, I spoke against a resolution that would have opened the flood gates for commercial signage, and influenced the council to vote it down. I will continue my fight to protect property values and citizens' way-of-life by denying commercial signs that negatively impact our residential communities.
2.Defend law enforcement funding — After being rated among Maryland's safest communities, Taneytown law enforcement still have plenty of crime to pursue and prevent. It is important that we stay on the leading edge by ensuring proper funding and support so that we can enjoy the safety that we deserve. I will promote specialized training for our officers to combat the drug epidemic as well as continued instruction on appropriate use of force.
3.Reject unnecessary burdens on residents — Contrary to what many have said, the recession is not over. Small municipalities like Taneytown do not see financial improvements until long after large cities. This means that we need leaders who will always look out for our residents ahead of the bottom line, yet maintain the services that has made our city what it is today.
Candidate for Mayor (unopposed)
1) Continue to promote the best small city in Maryland by providing energetic leadership. To guide City staff and seek input from our department heads in the most efficient ways to serve our citizens, and to maintain a sound fiscal balance without increasing taxes. I plan to continue to reach out to all citizens for their input and to solicit the help of the City Council and glean ideas of how we can continue to flourish.
2) To bring to completion Bollinger Park. It has been my goal to establish a passive nature/ecology park for the citizens of Taneytown. This will be a place where families can spend time together and explore the diverse landscape of the area. The park is located on Littlestown Pike. This may be accomplished with no increase in taxes, but through a combination of impact fees developers have paid over the years and state/ federal aid.
3) Complete development of Memorial Park with the addition of new athletic fields. In Taneytown's park system, Memorial Park is special. For generations, the youth of Taneytown have enjoyed the Park. As we grow, we find the ability to schedule team sport activities is becoming more of a challenge. A past prudent Council acquired land adjacent to Memorial Park. Funding this development may be completed in the same way we plan to complete Bollinger Park.
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