Carabetta vies to start more conservative office
— 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
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.
Joe Carabetta prepares to answer a question during the county executive portion of the primary debate in March.