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Speak Out: County Commissioner Accomplishments in 2012

What do you believe were the most important decisions made by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners in 2012?

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners is finishing up its second year in a four-year term. From an airport expansion to trash incinerators, school funding to the English language, 2012 proved to be a busy year for the five member board.

In the county's December newsletter, the commissioners listed their accomplishments for 2012 as the following:

  • Economic relief—streamlined development review process
  • Veterans Advisory Council and Veterans Shuttle
  • Private Non-Profit Workgroup formed to study best practices and improve system efficiencies
  • Celebrating America Summer Adventure Program successfully launched
  • Solid Waste Workgroup Report provides a plan to deal with a portion of the county’s municipal solid waste
  • Property tax reduction for the second year in a row
  • Excellent bond rating allowing the county to buy bonds at historically low rates and retire over $17 million of older, higher interest bonds
  • Fleet Study completed showing the county efficiently uses resources in managing its fleet services
  • Carroll County Regional Airport Master Plan Scope of Work authorized
  • Awarded grant to study the feasibility of a bike & pedestrian trail in the Eldersburg area
  • Creation of a best business practices program to review departmental goals and objectives and ensure cost efficient operations
  • County Mission Statement developed around which all government operations are aligned
  • Leader in the state to protect property rights of our citizens
  • Expansion of the Fallen Hero Tax Credit
  • Get Business Now Seminar—one of most successful seminars ever offered to Carroll’s business community
  • Creation of the Carroll Business Path—a collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship and business development in Carroll County
  • Sale of the Wheeler Building

Other notable county commissioner discussions and decisions in 2012 include:

  • Legislative Redistricting Lawsuit
  • English Language Ordinance
  • Education Funding/Closing County Schools
  • Parks and Recreation Program Funding
  • Sunday Hours at the Westminster Library
  • County Government to Make Small Business Loans
  • Prayer Group at County Office Building
  • County Hires Economic Development Administrators
  • Airport Expansion Plan Voted Down

Tell us in comments, what do you think are the most notable or important actions of the Board of Carroll County commissioners in 2012?

Buck Harmon December 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I believe that the re decorating of the County Office Building lobby was the most productive accomplishment to date.....did they ever re hang the Governors photo..? County Office Building prayer time opportunities would be a close second....and of course...How on earth will our County survive without forcing English as the "official" language to be spoken...boobs..
Buck Harmon December 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
The solid waste work group should direct it's attention to the Commissioners..... ..solid waste...

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