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?of 815 Carrington Ave., Capitol Heights, is a Prince George's County deputy sheriff who attended Prince George's Community College and the Community College of Baltimore. He has managed several family owned mercantile businesses.
TRIM: The TRIM amendment should be modified. As the law is written, the county is locked into a fixed amount of monies to carry on its mission. The amount set is based on a 1979 figure which does not take into account inflation, as well as cost increases, etc. I would favor an amendment to modify the TRIM amendment but at the same time allow safeguards to ensure that the citizens would not be straddled with an excessive property tax burden each year.
Growth: Economic development of Prince George's County should be of major concern to all elected officials of this county. It is of vital importance to attract businesses to our conty. These businesses would help provide jobs for our citizens. I would be in favor of creating an environment in Prince George's County which would be conductive for a growing business, i.e., tax incentives, tax deferrals under certain conditions and a crime-free environment.
Housing: Affordable and decent housing for all the citizens of Prince George's County must be made available. I feel Prince George's County has been for years the leader among the jurisdictions in the Washington area in the construction of moderate income, multiunit apartment dwellings and public housing projects. Because of this, I feel that the construction of these types of living units is not a priority in this county. Single-family homes and town houses would be more appropriate.
Hilda R. Pemberton (D), 42, of 7608 Swan Terrace, Landover, is deputy director of personnel for the Prince George's County Hospital Commission. She has a master's degree in business and public administration, has served as presi-ent of the Willow Hills Home Owners Association and is active in civic and church work.
TRIM: I favor modification of TRIM in accordance with County Council Bill 138, which provides for a 4 percent increase from year to year in total real property tax collections. I consider the proposal to entail a realistic balancing of the need to continue to keep governmental spending under control and to provide adequate, additional funding to maintain quality services.
Growth: The county should encourage growth which results in the attraction and relocation of commercial enterprises, including a concentration of high-technology research and development firms, office developments and light industry for which the county's abundance of commercial and industrial land is especially suited. Aggressive promotion by the county and pursuit of these types of businesses should be continued. Streamlining of permit procedures, thoughtful zoning and continued utilization of financial assistance vehicles, whereby the county lends its name to the financing of projects without pledging its assets, are the most appropriate means of encouraging development.
Housing: The county must seek to provide a range of affordable housing for all of its residents. While single-family and town house developments are desirable to ensure an adequate housing stock to accommodate employes and officials of those high-quality commercial enterprises that we seek to attract, moderate-priced housing is essential for residents seeking to enter the housing market during these difficult economic times.
Robert A. Spencer (D), 49, of 409 Clearfield Pl., Seat Pleasant, is president of Spencer's Visuals and was CETA coordinator in the Prince George's public schools. He was a member of D.C. Mayor Walter Washington's administration and has been a community activist in Prince George's County for 15 years.
TRIM: I favor modification of the TRIM amendment only to prevent layoffs. As a council person, I would look very closely at the line-item budgets of each department for duplication and waste. I also would visit each department and talk with line supervisors and workers to substantiate budget requests. I would look for other methods of taxation to alleviate the burden on the homeowners.
Growth: The county should encourage large businesses, such as IBM and Fortune 500 companies, to locate in the county. We should offer tax incentives for employing local residents. However, we should not overlook the small businessmen in the county and should provide them with technical assistance and funds where possible. New industry should be closely tied in with the public school system for training and employment opportunities.
Housing: Prince George's County is a county of many races, ages, economic levels and, most of all, land. I see the need for housing of each type mentioned above. However, careful consideration must be given as to location, land use and open space. CAPTION: Pictures 1 through 3, no caption
Charles E. Francis Jr. (D), 29,