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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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Screenshot: http://www.youtube.com/user/CarrollCountyGov

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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Buck Harmon January 16, 2014 at 09:53 AM
I must say that I'm pretty sure that Commissioner Rothschild is currently working to improve these conditions at Carroll Hospital Center but it will take a concentrated effort from ALL of the commissioners to begin to improve these conditions at a fast track pace. The big question would be WHY has Geriatric Care been neglected for all of these years ??
Bob Bobbers January 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Wait a minute, Buck. Since when do you conservative folks want the government involved in healthcare? Have you jumped ship and landed on the socialized medicine band wagon?
JoeEldersburg January 16, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Buck, when you met with the big dawgs at Carroll Hospital Center, did they forget to mention that they are a private non-profit hospital operation? Are you suggesting that the county spend (MAJOR FUNDING) tax dollars investing in a private business to serve the needs of the public? That's anathema to your Tea Party friends, who think market supply & demand should exclusively dictate what services are provided. Carroll Hospital must think that seniors can't pay them enough to make it worth their while to invest in more senior care. (facetiously) Why should everyone else be taxed more to support senior's needs? Someone's going to call you a Communist if you're not careful.
Buck Harmon January 16, 2014 at 07:52 PM
The Carroll hospital Center is a 501 C-3 non-profit hospital that is the only game in town when seniors (or anyone for that matter) must be transported there by ambulance. The ambulance drivers can not/ will not transport fragile senior citizens to a hospital that offers specialized geriatric care. The Commissioners have always made contributions to Carroll Hospital Center, most recently earmarked for the cancer center. Cancer is a very profitable industry that has been very well funded for many years. Many people have gotten very rich from cancer funding, primarily those in the big pharma industry. Carroll hospital Center does in fact focus funding on procedures that pay well while completely neglecting senior citizens in Carroll...screw the politics and conservative tea party assumption that you guys or gals seem to be stuck on. Seniors deserve to have the kind of specialized treatment that is necessary to maintain both dignity and quality of life. They are after all the folks that built this County for you to enjoy.
Buck Harmon January 16, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Grow a pair and use your real names Bob B and Joe E...your comments are for the most part full of crap and of no positive use to anything or anyone. I believe that both of you would like to make a stand that could possibly make a difference...you just don't have what it takes, so you simply remain in hiding suckling at the tit of each others comments...
JoeEldersburg January 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Buck, please save your outrage...nobody is arguing your points about the needs of senior citizens...we're just pointing out the irony of your vociferous support for substantial government investment in healthcare, while at the same time you lash out at Obamacare and every other not explicitly Constitutional investment. Wake up and smell the hypocrasy!
Bob Bobbers January 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Buck, always the first to throw around insults but you did not answer my questions. Since when do conservatives want government involved in healthcare? It seems you only want it when it benefits you personally.
Pam Hamburg January 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Once again, JoeE and Bob Bobbers fail to reveal who they really are. Once again, both have sidestepped the question. Bob Bobbers, when are you going to answer OUR question? Who are you, really?
JoeEldersburg January 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM
And once again, what our names are has nothing to do with what we are saying. And once again, when you can't offer a rebuttal, you change the subject and attack the people! Using Buck's own words, "You have surrendered to the topic!"
Bob Bobbers January 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM
JoeE, to be fair, Buck answered a question that nobody else heard ;)
Pam Hamburg January 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Actually, your names have everything to do with it. I've never seen a letter to the editor printed with a pseudonym. Therefore, your opinions here mean nothing to me. I find this cowardly at best.
Bob Bobbers January 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
...and Pam comes in second with the insults. But always the first to complain.
JoeEldersburg January 17, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Sorry Pam...this is not The Carroll County Times and I will offer that the only opinions that mean anything to you are the ones that agree with yours! I appreciate the anonymity of Patch, because I've had to notify the police before of prank calls to my house and I've seen first-hand the no return address hate mail that some of the political nuts in this county send to people's homes. I know not to open myself & my family up to this cowardly crap. As such, I most definitely have no intention of giving you and your friends an "invitation" to annoy me any more than you can here in this forum, thank you very much!
Bob Bobbers January 17, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Once again another thread hijacked by the same 2 people harping on about screen names. When are the admins going send these children off the bed so the grown-ups can talk?
Buck Harmon January 17, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Glad to see that my comments effect the cowardly fake posters in this way...I do in fact accept their perpetual surrender to all topic's as they are not real and have no confidence in themselves...time for Kym to shut this one down I suppose....the Patch Pigeons are getting restless again...To ruffle fake feathers really serve no purpose.
Pam Hamburg January 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Since I'm not a coward by any stretch of the imagination, if someone harassed me in such ways as you describe, JoeE, then I'd call the police and turn it over to them. Also, since I'm not a coward, I would say Bring it.
Buck Harmon January 18, 2014 at 06:55 PM
People that cowardly post repeated trash with fake identities more than likely act as the very stalkers that they claim to be afraid of...think about it, if they are quick to intentionally antagonize posters that see things differently than they might they could just as well stalk those that make themselves available and debate against them. Fake name coward posters should be banned because I believe that they are the real danger here.
JoeEldersburg January 18, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Never said I was afraid, nor that it wasn't turned over to the police. Problem is, they can't do anything till someone gets hurt. It's like the people who make verbal threats and then say they didn't when called out. It's easier just to avoid them altogether, but when I'm threatened physically, I don't need to hide behind weapons, I kick butt!
Pam Hamburg January 18, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Well, JoeE, then kick some butt and don't hide. Do I have a weapon in my home? You betcha I do and it's legal. But I don't hide behind it. If someone that I don't know and is uninvited comes into MY home, night or day, they're not walking out except by ambulance or the morgue. I pray I NEVER have to use it for anything but target practice. But to protect me and mine? Game on. I don't care about property at all. My family's lives? Game on. Don't believe me? Just ask Mr. Lee of the CCT what one of his reporters did one time. I wasn't near my bullet delivery system, but I had a floor lamp in my hands. Yup. Ambulance or morgue. This guy was very lucky.
Bob Bobbers January 20, 2014 at 06:14 AM
Its like I said, another one hijacked by childish behavior.
Pam Hamburg January 20, 2014 at 01:03 PM
If you really want to hear childish, how about 'sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me'.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) January 20, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Good afternoon folks! Just a friendly reminder to turn the conversation back towards the topic, or a topic the general community might want to engage in. And Buck, just between you, me and all of cyberspace, your desire for a story about geriatric care at Carroll isn't lost on me, but if it's going to be done right, it will require more than one cold call from a reporter. At this point, just know I hear you and I'm working on it. Happy Monday!
JoeEldersburg January 20, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Thanks Kym. Indeed, Buck got us chasing a rabbit down a hole here about seniors and healthcare, when the bottom line about the Board of Commissioners State of the County message is: "We're not investing for the future, we're standing pat." i.e. continuing to move backwards. Actions speak louder than words and the actions have always been clear. School funding is not a priority, nor is infrastructure improvement, nor citizen services. It's property tax cuts, helping real estate developers, cutting government expenditures and tilting at political windmills. For 2 of the Commissioners, 2014 will be about them seeking higher state (delegate) offices to share their ineffectiveness on a larger scale. Carroll's reputation will continue to erode, until we elect responsible leaders who are not self-serving. None of these Commissioners fit that bill.
Buck Harmon January 20, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Joe E...you need to stop the focus of what is not being done to your satisfaction and start doing something about making improvements to those situations that you perpetually moan, groan and complain about while in hiding...step up to the plate and make a difference. Watching, hiding and constantly whining does not make you seem like a very bright human being...make a difference or go away..
Buck Harmon January 20, 2014 at 06:51 PM
And Kym, Why is Patch Home page not displaying recent comments any more? Has this function been turned off for some reason? , or is it another failure of the "New Patch" ?
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.
Pam Hamburg 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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