Candidates were asked: Tax Freeze: Do you suport the referendum on the Prince George's ballot to freeze future county budgets (property tax rates) at the 1979 level? Why or why not? (Vote for 3)
John Burcham, 47, of 6921 Nashville Rd. Lanham is a Republican. Elected county commissioner in 1970, first Republican ejected to a county office in 20 years.Served on first County Council, 1970-74, its first vice chairman. Former chairman, Washington Suburban Transit Commission. Former alternate director of Metro. Republican candidate for Congresss, 1974 and 1976. Many years of professional experience in technical studies for government and industry and in management, planning, organizing and problem solving in: nuclear systems, aerospace system, transportation systems, trade associatons. Community involvement: Boys and Girls Clubs, civic associations, former president of Prince Georges Jaycees, former president of Lamont Elementary School PTA. Personal: Graduate of Naval Academy; gradute studies in engineering administration; numerous management courses; former Air Force officer, former math instructor, University of Maryland; qualified French translator, active private pilot.
Tax freeze: Only as a temporary measure. Excessive property taxes have caused the referendum. Ultimately, I support county budget limits which are tied to the overall economy to limit relative government growth. Government is growing faster than the other sectors of our society. Its growth is the biggest single cause of inflation.
Darrell Richard Clearwater, 54, of Upper Marlboro, is a Republican Clearwater served as director, Office of Central Services for Prince George's County from January 1972 to October 1976. Also served on the Metropolitan Council of Governments' Energy Policy Advisory Committee for three years. He has been active nationally in the field of energy conservation and solid waste management. Holds a BChE degree from Purdue University and an MS degree from Syracuse University with special studies in personnel administration and labor relations. He has resided in Prince George's County for 11 years. Owner of a small business in the county; formerly vice president of information Management International, a consulting firm in the field of computer systems. He also served as research and development director for the ground environment system of the military space program.
Tax freeze: I favor reduction of the property tax, but this amendment introduces permanent inflexibility by freezing this revenue at a specific level I believe that property taxes could be reduced below the 1979-1980 level without reducing services. This can be done by eliminating waste and duplication in various agencies. Oppose.
Francis B. Francois, 44, of 12421 Seabury La., Bowie, is a Democrat. Lawyer, engineer and former chairman of the County Council, he is nationally recognized for his work in local government, urban and environmental problem solving and growth management. A past "Washingtonian of the year," he has served as county commissioner, chief judge of the Orphans's Court, chairman and president of COG and chairman of the region's air and water quality planning boards. He currently represents the county on COG and WMATA and chaired the recent areawide Metro Alternative Analysis project. Currently president of the Maryland Association of Counties, he is also president-elect of the National Association of Counties, serves on the boards of other public interest organizations and lectures on urban problems. His special interests are education, problems of the handicapped and senior citizens, fiscal management, recreation and economic and community development.Reared on an Iowa farm, he lives in Bowie, with his wife, Eileen, and their five children.
Tax freeze: Unless a replacement tax source is made available, this freeze would leave us unable to increase our revenues to meet inflation, population increases and unforseen problems. Absent an assurance for such a replacement, I therefore cannot support a freeze of the kind now being proposed. But the concept is acceptable.
Helen J. Gullett, 54, of 5932 Westchester Park Dr., College Park, is a Republican. Thirty-year resident of the county; 28 years active involvement with almost every area of volunteer work (women's clubs, Red Cross, PTA, Scouts, citizens's associations); 16 years political activity; high school education; single parent with two 13-year-olds at home.
Tax freeze: In theory, yes. If there can be a surplus even now, then the present level of the budget would not mean any less services in the county. By cutting out the fat (administrative excess) even more could be allocated to some areas and not increase the size of the budget.
David G. Hartlove Jr., 59, or 9300 Pine View La., Clinton, is a Democrat. Retired Naval officer with background in supply, logistics, accounting and food service. Resident and homeowner in county over 20 years. Presently own a small business and feel I know the problems encountered in that field. Elected to at-large seat on the County Council in 1974, serving as chairman in 1975-76. Previous experience includes five-year term on the Board of License Commissioners, serving three years as chairman, serving three years as chairman. This quasi-judicial board gave me experience in reviewing individual cases on an impartial basis. I am a fiscal conservative and feel that government spending needs tight controls. I would like to continue to serve the citizens of this county and work for closer relationships between government and its citizens.
Tax freeze: Have no problems with limiting taxes to 1979-80 levels, although do not feel this is a magic number. It is the County Coiuncil's responsibility to restrict spending by keeping proper restraints on all aspects of government operation, thereby lowering tax rate to homeowners as much as possible.
Sarah Ada Keonce, 55, of 5409 Chesterfield Dr., Camp Springs, is a Democrat.
Elected in 1962 to Maryland House of Delegates; employed from 1964 to 1974 as assignment commissioner for Prince George's County Circuit Court. From 1974 to present, served on Prince George's County Council as at-large member, (elected vice chairman of the council in 1977.) As a County Council member, served on Human Resources Committee, Special Detentions Facilities Task Force, Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, Special Police Review Committee, Governing Board of Southern Maryland Health Systems Agency, COG Energy Policy Committee and Vice chairman of Government Policy and Fiscal Performance Committee. Completed numerous courses in law enforcement, personnel and business management, accounting, real estate and business law. Over past 30 years, have been actively involved with problems of county (PTAs, civic association, elected office volunteer work) and have cooperated and worked with citizens in solving them. Am able to devote full time to council duties; have four daughters.
Tax freeze: Am in total agreement with need for property tax reduction but not tax levy freeze as of 1979 budget. Public education, law enforcement, public safety are high priorities. If cut in services becomes necessary, it must occur in areas which will not affect actual health and safety of our citizesn.
Deborah Raglan Marshall, 27, of 2140 Brooks Dr., Suitland, is a Democrat. Marshall has been executive director of the commission for WOmen since 1976. In this capacity, she acquired a wealth of experience in administration of a county government agency and insight into the particulars of public service delivery. Prior to that time, Deborah worked in the County Community Affairs Office handling citizen complaints in varied areas and doing liaison work with civic groups. She is presently serving as 1978 public service chairperson of United Way and holds membership in the Prince George's Black Women's Assembly and the American Personnel and Guidance Association. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan and received her master's degree from Howard University. She also served as chairperson for the Platform Committee of Democrats '78.
Tax freeze: I support the TRIM Proposal to freeze property taxes at the 1979 level as it represents a reasonable vehicle by which the burden on the county homeowner can be lightened.
Melissa L. Martin, 35, of 12608 Chanler La., Bowie, is a Republican. Married, three children (13, 12 and 9), resident of Bowie for 13 years. Elected Prince George's Republican Central Committee September 1974, elected executive vice chairman February 1976, elected chairman December 1976 and served through September 1978. Past president, Republican Club of Bowie. Member: Bowie Republican Women's Club, Prince George's Young Republicans, Prince George's Republican Club. Member, State Republican Executive Committee through September 1978. Chaired 1974 Prince George's Republican Platform Committee. Have been active in PTA, Bowie Health Center Committee, Bowie Race Track Traffic Study Committee and other civic activities. Most involvement has been directed towards "people-oriented" projects. Lobbied in Annapolis for passage of legislation giving Prince George's an elected school board. 1977 Prince George's Young Republican Woman of the Year, county and state; 1977 Maryland State Republican Woman of the year.
Tax freeze: The need for restructure of taxes is immediate. The present budget is already inflated $20 million surplues in the present budget reflects reelection fever by incumbent officials. The inflexibility of a freeze implies no leverage or inducement for future council action to reduce government waste - or increase government efficiency.
Sue V. Mills, 42, of 5009 Woodland Blvd., Oxon Hills, is a Democrat. Member of the Board of Education since 1970; chairman of the board during 1975-76. Former teacher. In 1968, named Outstanding Young Woman of America by the National Jaycees. A member of the Business and Professional Women's Association since 1971, and in 1973 was named Woman of the year. A charter member of the Oxon Hill Lioness Club sponsored by the Oxon Hill Lions Club. In recognition of dedication to public schools and interest in improving students' reading achievements, was made an honorary member of the county chapter of the National Reading Association in 1971. Appointed in 1977, by the governor to the Maryland Commission on Funding Public Education. Also, in 1977, was appointed to serve on the Maryland Advisory Council for Career Education, and presently serving as chairman of the council. In 1972, named by the prince George's County Board of Trade, Outstanding Citizen of Prince George's County.
Tax freeze: To the best of my knowledge, the ballot referendum will not frekeze future county budgets, but will freeze the amount of revenue collected through property taxes. Any permanent freeze of all future budgets would be unreasonable for obvious reasons.
Ann Shock, 38, of 13410 Reid Circle, Fort Washington, is a Republican. Graduate Chandler - also studied at Northeastern and Colorado College. Music teakcher, church organist and choir director; president; Fort Washington Community Hospital, Inc.; director and past president, Fort Washington Reacreation Council/Boys Club; director and division chairman, Prince-Mone Swim League; past director, ARENA Yes-(worked to bring the Capital Centre to Prince George's County).
Tax freeze: Yes, future county budgets should be frozen at the 1979 level. The taxpayers' income is saturated with taxes (federal income, state income, sales, utilities and property taxes) just to name a few and all being heavily imposed. The county tax burden must be lessened.
Norris W Sydnor Jr., 37, of 10605 Parrish La., Mitchellville, is a Republican. A businessman and former educator. Served in several important governmental positions at the local and national level, including the director, Office of Governmental Relations at HEW; staff assistant to the president of the United States; director, Office of Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for EPA, and director, Office of Environmental Activities in the Department of the Interior. Served in leadership positions in the following organizations: PTA, NAACP, Negro Airmen International, National Business League, Board of Registration for Building Contractors, Seabrook Baptish Church, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Alpha Psi Fraternity, Washington Teachers Union, Prayer Breakfast Fellowship, civic associations, Frontiers International, National Black Republican Council and the Maryland Black Republican Council.
Tax freeze: Yes, Prince George's County has the highest property tax rate in the Washington area. The brunt of the tax burden is being carried by middle-income wage earners. Need to end the incumbent county executive's spending spree that drastically forced up the county budget.
Floyd E. Wilson Jr., 42, of Landover, is a Democrat. Presently County Council vice chairman, a businessman and former teacher of 10 years and member of the D.C. Teacher's Union, AFT AFL-CIO. Floyd E. Wilson Jr. has been active in public service since 1969, when he was elected to his first three terms as a Glenarden councilman and former vice mayor. Wilson is the first black council member in the county's history. He is serving on the Council of Government's Human Resources Committee, the Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice at the Region 4 and state level, Maryland Association of Counties and member of the council's Human Resources Committee, vice chairman of the Housing and Community Revitalization Committee, National Association of Counties Science and Technology Tash Force and Criminal Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, member of the board of directors of the National Association of Black Elected Officials. Wilson has served as the former chairman of the Police Review Committee.
Tax freeze: Yes. It appears that [WORD ILLEGIBLE] mandate of the people is an end to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] necessary government spending and a rolback of home assissments. I am supportive of an additional 35 percent rollback for tax relief, and maintaining the county budget for fiscal year 1980 with no more than a 4 percent increase.