Candidates were asked: Tax freeze: Do you support the referendum on the Prince George's ballot to freeze future county budgets (property tax rates) at the 1979 level? Why or why not? District 1
Jon Buck, 40, of 6802 Bradford Pl., Laurel, is a Republican. I have 11 years of federal government service, two years of city government service and four years in the private sector. I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in ocean engineering and I was a PhD candidate in technology management. I am experienced in both private sector and governmental management, which provides the background necessary for County Council activities. This experience includes education, economic and business development, and treatment of technology problems.
Tax freeze: Yes. Because our lack of good county planning and unchecked county government growth has driven the cost of government relative to the services received out-of-sight. The politicians need a shock to force them to reevaluate priorities and trim the fat from existing programs.
Frank P. Casula, 58, of 904 Philip Powers Dr., Laurel, is a Democrat. Retired lieutenant colonel and federal service employe after over 30 years. Served on the County Council since 1974, during which time constituent services has been emphasized. When elected to the County Council in 1974, was serving a third term on the Laurel City Council and had served 10 years on its Planning Commission. For three years, has been chairman of the council's Human Resources Committee and is a member of the General Plan Reassessment Committee, Hospital Commission, Park Study Committee, Legislative Committee of the Maryland Association of Counties. In addition, has conducted constituent days each year in communities throughout the 1st Councilmanic District so that local residents could meet their representatives on a one-to-one basis. Active in Democratic clubs, a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. Resides in Laurel with wife.
Tax freeze: It is my position that we should continue efforts to reduce tax levels rather than freezing them at current levels. The County Council has worked diligently over the past four years to streamline government operations to cut costs and to bring industry into the county to increase the tax base. District 2
Parris N. Glendening, 36, of 6911 Oakridge Rd., University Park, is a Democrat. Glendening is an associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, where he has taught for the past 11 years. The author of numerous articles and books on state and local government, he has served on the County Council since 1974 and on the Hyattsville City Council prior to that. He has chaired the council's Special Committee on Governmental Performance and Fiscal Policy, which developed a zero-based approach to the council's budgetary review process. Glendening also served as vice chairman of the Fiscal and Planning Committee for the past four years. As a council member, Glendening's special interests have been fiscal management to reduce expenditures and taxes; the quality of life, especially sign regulation, parks and open space, and the protection of small businesses. His community involvement includes membership in the Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, Hyattsville Citizens Association, Jaycees and historical preservation activities.
Tax freeze: I support efforts to reduce the property tax burden by controlling expenditures and limiting the county's reliance on the property tax. Reductions must be precise and spread across the board so that important programs which meet special needs of our senior citizens or youth are not unwisely cut.
John M. Lindsay, 35, of 5813 Quintana St., Riverdale, is a Republican. Have lived in county last 10 years. MS (physics), University of Maryland. One year, Greenland, site manager of geophysics station. Last five years have studied means of building needed technologies while reducing environmental impact. Computer programer. Have taught on college level, substitute teacher in county. As cochairman of Alliance of Communities for Tax Savings, worked on county budgets in attempt to show council how citizens felt that street-level services could be maintained and boondoggle projects prevented. Member, Neighborhoods Uniting Project, worked with citizens groups to make government more responsive. Marylanders for Orderly Development helped defeat county land grab, under guise of eminent domain.
Tax freeze: Property taxes are too high. Unfortunately, the record of state/county government on swapping revenues and costs indicate a freeze will result in replacement by other taxes, probably with loss of local control. Ease with which county found surplus in election year implies there is no need for reduce services. District 3
Gerard T. McDonough, 31, of 10113 Campus Way South, Largo, is a Democrat. Prince George's County's youngest councilman, McDonough is chairman of the Fiscal and Planning Committee and represents the council on the Governor's Region IV Planning Board for Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice and the National Capital Interstate Air Quality Planning Committee. He is also a member of the council's Special Committee on Government Performance and Fiscal Policy. Born in Scranton, Pa., he now resides in Largo, where he is a member of St. Joseph's Parish, a captain with the Marine Air Corps and an alumnus of Gonzaga High School and Georgetown University. He recently received a law degree from the University of Baltimore. Before his election to the council, he served for two years as a legislative assistant to the former county council.
Tax freeze: I most definitely support the TRIM proposal as I would any measure which seeks to effectively reduce the homeowners' property tax burden.
Sylvester Vaughns, 42, of 7617 Greenleaf Rd., Palmer Park, is a Republican. Married and father of four children. Attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. Resident of Prince George's County for 12 years in Palmer Park. At present administrative assistant, Department of Licenses and Permits. Four years executive secretary, Model Neighborhood Action Board of the county's Model Cities Program. Seven years manager, Marriott Corp. Six years president, Prince George's County Branch NAACP. Vice president, Local 2079, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union.Member and Trustee of Hemingway Memorial AME Church; member, Prince Hall Masonic Ledge.
Tax freeze: I support the referendum with the commitment to find other sources of income rather than cut servies. I believe that people deserve more and better service and we should find ways to provide them other than property tax increases. District 4
Charles L. Elliott, 54, of 3615 Holloway North, Upper Marlboro, is a Republican. BA, Central Michigan University; STB & STM, Wesley Theological Seminary; three years of graduate clinical training; 16 years in the past in the ministry; 10 years of advocacy work dealing with county and state governments mainly dealing with the rights of the people to oppose county and state governments. In the past four years as director of advocacy and geriatrics for Family Service of Prince George's County, Inc.
Tax freeze: Yes, provided services can be maintained by a more efficient administration.
Ann Landry Lombardi, 42, of 14501 Kent Dr., Upper Marlboro, is a Democrat. Public health nurse, formerly employed by area health departments; actively involved for the past 10 years in community health organizations, particularly in areas of legislation and government. Served as legislative chairman of Maryland Nurses Association; served on board of directors and its executive committee, 1973-78, Prince George's General Hospital. Bachelor's degree, Catholic University. Courses in accounting and economics, Prince George's Community College. Accepted for graduate study in health planning, George Washington University. This experience has demonstrated the growing concern for health care, its cost, complexity and interdependence on government.
Tax freeze: Yes, as a temporary measure while a more equitable taxation system is developed. Meanwhile, basic services such as education, health and safety must be maintained. Additional or new services should depend on cost-effectiveness and human need. Certain captial improvement projects may be deferred, such as some highway projects. District 5
WilliamB. Amonett, 47, of 11704 Redwood Dr., Brandywine, is a Democrat. Graduate of Stryer College of accountancy and a real estate broker by profession, Amonett is an incumbent Prince George's council member, 5th Councilmanic District, and a past council chairman. Long active in civic, political and governmental affairs, he lives in Brandywine with his wife and their three daughters. Amonett's legislative accomplishments have dealth with subject matters such as the budget, zoning, economic development, economic redevelopment for older neighborhoods, tourism, cable television, youth problems, health matters, plus many others. High on his list of priorities, Amonett set about developing a successful constitutent service.
Tax freeze: Yes. I have supported efforts to limit taxation in the past and wil continue my efforts through the budgetary process to limit taxation burdens. While the referendum may not be utopian, I believe something must be done to make government responsive to the tax paying limits of all citizens.
Janet N. Maus, 35, of 7408 Berkshire Dr., Clinton, is a Republican. BA-English; MA-communications, political science; 12 years professional work experience in banking and the federal government - legislative analyst, Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives; specialty - international development institutions and Finance Subcommittee; public information officer, Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture; small businesswoman. Minister of social concerns, Hope Lutheran Church, helping to solve social problems of families in the community. Active in promotion of community facilities for cultural enrichment of county citizens. Fiscal conservative; advocate of cost-effective county programs; proponent of economic growth, developing steady revenues, reducing necessity for fiscal dependence upon property taxes. Supporter of preservation and conservation of an active agricultural segment contributing to Prince George's County's economic, social and environmental well-being.
Tax freeze: I support the "freeze" philosophy. Budget increase controls will be difficult because controls will be difficult because of inflationary factors, but sharply monitored programs can results in elimination of extravagance and duplication while providing the most dollar-effective benefits in major services for county citizens.