As I revealed in the last post, my Democrat opponent Ron Young raised taxes 27 times when he served as an Alderman and Mayor of Frederick City. After much debate in the office, I came up with the number 27 — and were very fair in this process. The number originally rested at about 37 separate tax increases, but I ultimately discarded the ones below. (Page numbers indicate internal research.)
For your consideration, here are the “honorable mentions” — taxes and fees that were raised during my opponent’s time as Alderman and Mayor, but ones we ultimately decided to omit from the most recent mailer:
1. New increased taxi rates
The Taxicab Commission, after many months of deliberation, presented the new rates for taxicabs which will become effective as of July 1, 1972. On a motion by Alderman Kehne, seconded by Alderman G1enmore Rice, and unanimously passed, the new rates were adopted, effective as of July 1, 1972.
Pg. 120 June 15, 1972
2. Filing fees increased
A public hearing was held on a request from the Planning Commission regarding filing fees for the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. City Attorney Stilrich presented the Certificate of Publication. On a motion by Alderman Brady, seconded by Alderman Burket and unanimously approved, the recommendations were adopted as submitted.
Pg. 171 August 8 1974
3. Taxi rate increase
The Mayor presented for consideration recommendations from, the Transportation Commission regarding the proposed taxicab rate increase. Alderman Burket,
Chairman of the Commission, read and briefly reviewed the’ recommendations. After short discussion, it was moved by Alderman Hiltner, seconded by Alderman Brady, and unanimously approved that the recommendations as presented be adopted.
It was, then moved by Alderman McClellan, seconded by Alderman Hiltner and unanimously approved, that the recommendations be amended to read that the waiting time charge be increased to ten cents $.l0/per minute and that the new rate and recommendations become effective June 1, 1977. (Copy of new rate schedule and recommendations of the Transportation Commission attached hereto and made a part of these official minutes.)
Pg. 44, March 19, 1977
4. New Fee on use of McCurdy Field
The Mayor opened discussion on a request for rate change for semi-pro and professional football games at McCurdy Field. Alderman Stull moved that the policy be amended to state that for any such teams that use McCurdy Field and charge admission, the fee will be (A) $100 minimum or 10% of the gate, whichever is larger, or (B) $100 minimum or admission tax in lieu of 10% of the gate, whichever is larger. The motion was seconded by Alderman Delauter, and with his concurrence, amended by Alderman Stull to specify this policy is for Frederick organizations.
Pg. 109, Sept. 7 1978
5. Taxi rates increase
Copies of the present and proposed rate schedules are attached and hereby made a part of these official minutes. Proposed changes on the schedule are as follows:
1. Increase in base rate of $.25 per zone
2. Add Zone 6C
3. When travelling from Zone 2, across Zone 1, to another point in Zone 2, an additional $.25 will be charged.
4. Third and each additional individual will be charged $.35 additional, instead of $.25.
5. When four or more parcels are transported, $.15 per parcel will be charged, instead of $.10, for the fourth and each additional parcel.
6. The charge for stops between the point of origin and point of destination will increase from $.25 to $.50 each.
7. Waiting time charges will increase from $.10 to $.15 per minute for each minute beyond five minutes.
8. The charge for each mile or fraction thereof travelled beyond the City limits will increase from $.70 to $.80.
9. Receipts will be issued on request of passengers.
To questions raised by Aldermen Bartgis and DeLauter, Mr. S. Gordon replied that drivers use good judgment to avoid overcharging senior citizens who may require a little extra time to walk to cabs which are waiting for them. The charge for waiting time is designed to recompense drivers of passengers who stop and visit or ask the drivers to wait for them while the passengers transact business which requires considerable waiting time for the drivers. As the public has not had the opportunity to examine the proposed changes, the matter was continued until the next meeting.
The Mayor opened discussion on proposed revisions to the taxicab zone map and rate schedule. Major Ashton said the Taxicab Commission recommended the revisions. The proposed revisions were advertised, and no public comments have been received. It was moved by Alderman Grimes and seconded by Alderman Murphy to adopt the proposed revisions and make them effective as of this date. The motion passed unanimously.
The City Attorney will draft the ordinance to effect the amendment to the Code. (G-80-2)
Pg. 314 November 1 1979, Pg.325 December 13, 1979
6. Airport fees increase
Alderman Grimes reported that Airview Aviation had requested permission to adjust its rates for tie down spaces at the Airport. On a motion by Alderman Grimes, seconded by Alderman Delauter, Airview Aviation was unanimously authorized to increase monthly fees for grass area tie down spaces from $25.00 to $27.00 and for hard surface tie down spaces from $35.00 to $39.00. The increases bring Airview’s monthly charges to the same level as those of Piper.
Pg. 17 Feb 21, 1980
7. Airport fees increase again
On a motion by Alderman Grimes, seconded by Alderman Delauter, the Transportation Committee recommendation to increase hangar and tie-down facility rentals at the airport was unanimously adopted. The new fees are as follows: small hangar–$60.00; large hangar–$78.00; grass tie down–$32.00; and hard surface tie-down–$47.00.
Pg. 101 Jan 8 1981
8. Airport fees increase yet again
On a motion by Alderman Merchant, seconded by Alderman Bartgis, the
Board unanimously adopted the recommendation of the Airport Commission and voted to increase rental fees on airport tie down spaces, hangars, and overnight parking as follows: grass tie down, $37.00 monthly; hard surface tie down, $54.00 monthly; small hangar, $85.00 monthly; large hangar, $95.00 monthly; overnight parking, $7.00.
Pg. 20, March 18, 1982
9. Airport fees increase again
Mayor Young congratulated those present on the tone of the meeting and said he believed an attempt had been made to present all viewpoints well. The airport, according to the Mayor, has not always been an asset; once the City had thought to close it because it was such a liability. To his mind, the proposed increase was stiff. He said though the owners of Frederick Aviation can be difficult, Mr. Patrick and Mr. Caudell have done much for the airport. The Mayor said he did not believe rates would be raised again for one to five years, until development creates some competition on the airport. According to the Mayor, 1 and on the east side of the airport will be available for development by private investors. The motion to approve the increases was passed, with Aldermen Lee, Kreissig, Phillips, and Floyd voting for it, and Alderman Murphy voting against.
Pg. 84 July10 1986