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Education Vital to Continued Economic Success in Carroll County, According to Commissioners

Several Carroll County Commissioners said the County is in a strong economic position and poised to continue attracting commercial business.

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Carroll County Commissioners said the county is thriving in spite of tough economic times and that investing in education is the key to continuing the success.  

Each of Carroll County's five commissioners addressed citizens and members of the business community at the annual State of the County Address Tuesday morning at the Carroll Arts Center. The annual event is hosted by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

During fiscal year 2013, Carroll County realized over $30 million in business capital investments, according to Commissioner Dave Roush, and a gain of nearly 400,000 square feet of new or renovated commercial industrial space. 

"Throughout the recent years of recession and post recession, Carroll County has been fortunate to survive and even thrive," Roush told members of the local business community. 

Roush said that in addition to the business sector growing, Carroll's citizens are also thriving. 

"Almost 64 percent of our taxable income comes from taxpayers making greater than $100,000 per year," Roush said. 

Carroll County's employment rate, at 5.2 percent, is below both the national and state average, according to Roush. 

Roush said Carroll County benefits from a highly diversified tax base, with the top 5 taxpayers being:

  • BGE
  • Carroll Lutheran Village
  • Verizon
  • Penguin Random House
  • Walmart

Carroll County has been able to survive tough economic times because of its many advantages, according to Roush who touted the County's strong business base, a top-ranking public education system, a highly educated workforce, opportunities for higher education, a highly recognized hospital center and the designation as the safest county in the state. 

Carroll County experienced an overall job growth of nearly 800 jobs in 2012, Roush said.

Commissioner Doug Howard said that the county's economic success would not be possible without the county's strong education system. He said local leadership must look ahead to plan for the future of Carroll County and increased needs of fire companies and police, nonprofits, veterans and infrastructure. 

"We must establish a long term strategy for school funding balanced by a long term strategy for tax relief," Howard said.

Howard said the solution lies in economic development throughout the county.

"We have to continue to lower taxes and invest in education. Education is tied directly to the success of economic development," Howard said. "It's not the best way to get there, it's the only way to get there."

Check out this clip of Commissioner Robin Frazier delivering part of her address in song. Watch the entire State of the County Address on the Carroll County Government Youtube page

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JoeEldersburg January 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Buck, since you don't know who I am, who are you to say that I've not stepped up or that I don't know how to make a difference? In fact, one of the reasons I know just how poor these Commissioners are performing is that I have personal knowledge of professional governance and therefore can contrast this board's ridiculous strategies with those of responsible leaders. These Commissioners have earned the county nothing but ridicule, except for a few extreme right-wingers. Playing politics means nothing to me. Actions and trajectory are what is truly important and the only direction in Westminster is backwards. Anyone can say the same of you. I've never heard your name mentioned as a leader of anything, nor am I aware of anything except your e-book on senior services that shows any understanding of even how things work. I might add that your conclusions concerning the mental & physical healthcare needs of seniors only bolsters my continued assertion that you are a hypocrite when it comes to your positions on government. You want it when it helps you, but you look at it as the enemy when it helps someone other than you.
Buck Harmon January 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Wow JoeE ..impressive rant, unfortunately it has no merit, like most of the things that you post in hiding. You see JoeE, a fake poster is just that...an individual that lacks the basic confidence to step out of the shadows and make a solid stand that will in fact make a difference. I am completely confident that the efforts that I make will have an effect to help others...You on the other hand must remain a nobody...that's your problem to deal with, not mine. You do in fact have a divisive and dangerous way with words though..)
JoeEldersburg January 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Buck, I'm glad you are so confident in making a difference. Please let me know how that works out for you, if or when that ever happens. Unlike you, I've been there and can say with experience that you have no idea what you are talking about. We keep covering the same ground here...you failing to add anything to the topic and preferring instead to attack the messenger. Since you have no rebuttal to the criticism that these Commissioners are indeed very poor leaders, I'll accept your resignation to my assertions and accept Kym's request to stay on topic. Sorry if you find this "divisive and dangerous", as my desire for anonymity is indeed my problem, not yours.
PH January 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM
My own final word: To those using pseudonyms instead of real names, I will no longer reply. Without knowing who people really are, I feel like I'm talking with a ghost.
Buck Harmon January 21, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Congrats JoeE, I am glad to see that you have actually come to the error of your ways with such revelation. I do believe that there have been many instances in which 3 of the 5 Commissioners have behaved and functioned poorly at various points, Two of the Commissioners have maintained a consistent leadership quality that I believe is a rare find. The others, players using the County as a political stepping stone perhaps...who knows for sure. I'll keep you in the loop JoeE..

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