Candidates for Prince George's County Executive and candidates for the County Council were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
TRIM: Do you favor modification of the tax-limiting TRIM amendment, and if so, what proposals would you support?
Growth: What kinds of growth should the county encourage and what means can be used to encourage it?
Housing: What type of housing should the county seek -- single family, town-houses, high-rises, moderate-income, subsidized public projects, others?
David G. Hartlove Jr. (D), (Incumbent), 63 of 9300 Pine View La., Clinton, has been a member of the County Council since 1974 and has served as the council's president and vice president. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years, and is founder and chairman of Citizens Concerned for a Cleaner County.
TRIM: I would have preferred picking up the new construction each year without the 4 percent add on. At this time, we have only one way to go, modify TRIM Plus 4. But renew it each year.
Growth: We already have started a good economic development program. Keep it going with more positive publicity.
Housing: At this time, mainly single-family moderate for the young starter families.
Sue V. Mills (D), (Incumbent) 46, of 3033 Brinkley Rd., Temple Hills, was elected to an at-large seat on the County Council in 1978. A former teacher, she served on the county school board for eight years as a member and chairman. She serves on a number of educational commissions and is active in civic and political groups.
TRIM: I am opposed to the TRIM referendum question as it is proposed. I favor an amendment which will allow taxes on new construction to be added to the total dollar limitation currently required by TRIM. I oppose any provision for increasing taxes on property which existed when TRIM was adopted. The original objective of TRIM was to limit the amount of taxes the county could impose on real property. TRIM does not limit county spending. It merely limits how much the county can collect from your property taxes. If spending is to increase, county government must create new sources of revenue.
Growth: The county should encourage the growth of the "clean" industries similar to the development along Interstate 70 in Montgomery County. We can encourage this type of growth with a positive approach to streamlining and simplifying procedural requirements. Project after project of desirable development has been rejected by Prince George's County or, more often than not, has been moved elsewhere after endless delays. The first requirement for successful growth is to want to grow.
Housing: A broad spectrum of housing is required to meet the needs of any viable community. As a suburb of Washington, the county always has faced the reality of existing as a bedroom community. I see nothing undersirable about being a county which consists primarily of housing and neighborhoods. Intelligent planning by county agencies and the County Council can ensure a desirable mix of social and economic elements in the community. Prince George's County already provides the area's largest number of subsidized public housing units, which, in many economic circles, brands it as undesirable for high-quality town houses, high-rises and single family development. Any comprehensive planning program must guard against a continuing overbalance of subsidized units.
John Eugene Sellner (D), 52, of 9107 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington, is an investigator, free-lance reporter and real estate associate. He retired from the Prince George's County Police in 1974 with the rank of sergeant, and is active in a number of military, police and civic organizations.
TRIM: I have endorsed the proposed TRIM amendment to compensate for the inflationary factor and to adequately fund education.
Growth: The county should make every effort possible to support existing small businesses and the creation of new small businesses. Wherever possible, county government functions taken from the private sector in recent years should be returned, such as the vehicle maintenance program, and crippling and unreasonable laws and regulations should be repealed.
Housing: Single family and the continuous repair and updating of existing housing and apartments.