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?
Thomas L. Bass (D), 38, of 4107 Jefferson St., Hyattsville, is an installer for Western Electric Co. Now mayor of Hyattsville, he is a former City Council member and has been active in government organizations, the Jaycees, the communications Workers of America Local 2390 and Mount Rainer Boys and Girls Club.
TRIM: While county revenues have been frozen at the 1979 level, inflation and decreased state and federal funds have reduced the county's ability to fund basic services. The 1983 budget requires the reductions in teachers' and school programs. Future budgets will require the reduction of other county services such as senior citizen programs if something isn't done. Therefore, I support the Plus 4 amendment.
Growth: The county government has neglected the older communities of our county for too long. The county has to use community development block grant programs, industrial revenue bond programs, tax increment financing programs and other innovative programs that may be available to improve the business community as well as the residential neighborhoods of our older communities.
Housing: The county has to attract new business to improve the tax base. To attract quality businesses that provide jobs for county residents, various types of housing must be available. The type of development taking place in the Mitchellville area of the county, that is, quality single- family and town house development, is the type of housing needed in the county at this time.
Anthony Cicoria (D), 39, of 4004 College Heights Dr., University Park, has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1979. He has served on the Governor's Commission on Crime and the Prince George's Economic Development Committee and is active in various civic and fraternal organizations.
TRIM: The TRIM amendment was voted in by an overwhelming majority. Before we look to amend its provisions, serious thought must be given to how the revenues the county currently collects are spent. There is too much waste in top-heavy agencies and departments. If TRIM is to be amended, which should only be done if absolutely necessary to fund the type and calibre of service the county residents needs, emphasis should be placed on broadening our taxable base, without increasing the financial burden on our county taxpayers.
Growth: To produce needed revenues and provide jobs for our thousands of unemployed workers, Prince George's County should actively seek new businesses and take advantage of the recent trend for industry to relocate out of the city. I feel that this can be done hand-in-hand with improving the city's public transportation and in line with guidelines governing environmental impact. Carefully compiled and evenly enforced zoning restrictions would be needed to prevent uncontrolled growth such as occurred in the past. Our county and its residents need economic growth to prosper.
Housing: Our county's greatest need is for affordable housing, be it town houses, apartments or whatever. With our county's widely varied population and income, it would be folly to restrict ourselves to one type of housing development. However, what is to be built should be heavily influenced by conditions in the area concerned. High-density developments, such as high-rises, should not be constructed in an area already heavily congested with traffic. Neither should $250,000 single-family homes be built in an area which is crying out for housing volume.