Term: 4 Years Salary: $21,000
QUESTION: What inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference? COUNTY COUNCIL Term: 4 Years Salary: $21,000
(1 seat) George F. Bachman 548 Cleveland Rd., Linthicum Age: 69
Retired; 1st District councilman, 1965-82; chairman, County Council, 1973-82; Baltimore Regional Planning Council, 1973-82, vice chairman, 1979-82; Airport Zoning Appeal Board, 1982-90; chairman, Glen Burnie YMCA Partnership for Youth Financial Drive; board member, Friendship Area Health, 1970-82; graduate, Baltimore City schools, Maryland Institute for Art; married, four children, seven grandchildren.
A. There are a number of issues facing the next councilman from the 1st District: Sufficient funding for the new North County High School, looking at the present funding, it is greatly under-funded; light rail will be coming into District 1. We must keep commercial zoning away from Station Stop, which is now heavily residential; living adjacent to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, we must have cooperation between both the citizens and the BWI officials; and the property tax issue is very important. My past experience on the county council -- 18 years -- would let me know how to handle these issues, especially the tax issue. I have the experience to examine the budget to find where there is waste and excessive funding. Make no mistake, I have seen the past and have a good vision for the future. Gerald P. Starr (R) 721 S. Hammonds Ferry Rd., Linthicum Age: 49
Financial administrator, Westinghouse Electric Corp.; BS, business, University of Baltimore; past director, Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association; charter organizational representative, Linthicum Elementary School PTA for Boy Scouts; usher and past junior warden, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church; Eagle Scout, 1957; member, National Eagle Scout Association; Tiger Cub coordinator and assistant Weblos den leader, Cub Pack 550; past district representative, Salaried Employees Association; assistant coach, Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Association; past Bethel Guardian, Bethel 53 IOJD Ferndale; married; six children.
A. The issue that inspired me to run was taxes. The current administration has been enjoying a greedy positive budget balance of $67.5 million, a surplus fund of 16 percent. In financial circles, Moody's investor recommendation of 5 percent surplus is considered prudent. With the county tax rate of $2.35 and the current raises in the property tax assessments, the average taxpayer will be paying one-third more in taxes within the next three years. This will put an economic squeeze on the elderly, the first-time home buyers and the taxpayers in the lower- and middle-income levels. The affordability of government is out of reach of the taxpayers ability to support it. With my financial background, I would be looking for spending limits with a jaundiced eye on the budget to eliminate duplication and waste in spending. I also would like the county to implement cooperative purchasing programs to stretch the taxpayers' dollar.