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Cassilly criticized unfairly for 2005 vote on impact fee

Political ads in the District 34 Senate race have unfairly criticized Republican Bob Cassilly for his 2005 County Council vote in favor of an impact fee on new home construction ("Familiar names vie for open Senate seat in Harford," Oct. 11).

The council was faced at the time with a very difficult challenge. Student enrollment was rising, schools had been overcrowded for years and its facilities were aging. On top of that, state support for school construction was in steep decline.

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Mr. Cassilly and his colleagues on the council did the right thing for our children and voted to impose an impact fee on new home construction, with the funds devoted 100 percent to new school construction.

Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James, who works for a law firm that represents real estate developers, sided with her firm's developer clients and opposed the impact fee authorization bill. Now, in a strange twist, she is running commercials and mailers in which she claims credit for constructing our new schools.

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Thank you, Mr. Cassilly, for using your vote for the good of our community rather than for that of your clients.

Don Lyons

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