Cara­betta vies to start more con­ser­va­tive of­fice

Cecil Whig - - ELECTION PROFILES - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Joe Cara­betta, for­mer chair­man and 12year mem­ber of the Ce­cil County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, is seek­ing the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for county ex­ec­u­tive in or­der to start a new, more con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion for the county.

Cara­betta says his ex­pe­ri­ence at Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground has pro­vided him with ex­cel­lent lead­er­ship skills to pre­pare him to run county govern­ment. He re­tired from APG last year af­ter 34 years of ser­vice.

The long­time ci­ti­zen ac­tivist and com­mu­nity vol­un­teer wants to re­turn county govern­ment to the con­trol

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of the tax­payer, who he says has “taken it on the chin” for the last four years.

An out­spo­ken critic of County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore, Cara­betta vows to run the county more con­ser­va­tively, if elected.

As re­cently as last Fri­day at a can­di­date’s fo­rum, Cara­betta crit­i­cized Moore’s ten­ure, say­ing, “It’s been a to­tal fail­ure of lead­er­ship from the start when she switched po­lit­i­cal par­ties.”

Cara­betta has a plan to phase-out the per­sonal prop­erty tax paid by busi­nesses in Ce­cil County to help the econ­omy grow and be more busi­ness-friendly, he said. “This plan will have to be done slowly and be mon­i­tored ev­ery step of the way,” he said.

He also promised to work hard to re­duce taxes and fees im­posed on res­i­dents of the county if he be­comes county ex­ec­u­tive.

He has op­posed Moore’s po­si­tion on Se­nate Bill 236, which re­quires all coun­ties to adopt tier maps that place all land into four tiers that would de­ter­mine their fu­ture de­vel­op­ment or preser­va­tion po­ten­tial.

Cara­betta is up­set with Moore for sup­port­ing SB 236 with amend­ments dur­ing a hear­ing in An­napo­lis. “I would have been solidly against it,” he said, not­ing he be­lieves there’s a way to get the state to ac­cept a map from Ce­cil County. “Other coun­ties did it,” he said.

Cara­betta sup­ports find­ing so­lu­tions to re­duce sub- stance abuse in Ce­cil County through ed­u­ca­tion, law en­force­ment and re­cov­ery. He also fa­vors land preser- va­tion and is sup­port­ive of farm­ing and agri­cul­tur­al­re­lated tourism.

Cara­betta said he would not go to the bond mar­ket as fre­quently or for as much as Moore’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. He char­ac­ter­izes the county’s debt load as a tax in­crease.

Cara­betta fa­vors a pol­icy that would ex­pand sewer ser­vice only to ar­eas where the ma­jor­ity of the prop­erty own­ers want it. He would also not raise rates for all ratepay­ers to pay for the project, but only those ben­e­fit­ting di­rectly.

He fa­vors an­i­mal con­trol run by a pri­vate con­trac­tor than by county govern­ment, and he fa­vors a no-kill op­er­a­tion.

Cara­betta lives in Car­pen­ters Point with his wife, Diane, and their 10 cats. He is a 1981 grad­u­ate of Penn State Univer­sity with a de­gree in engi­neer­ing.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Joe Cara­betta pre­pares to an­swer a ques­tion dur­ing the county ex­ec­u­tive por­tion of the pri­mary de­bate in March.

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