Givens, Piner have cost Elkton too much

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: ROBERT LITZENBERG ELKTON

Elkton’s in­cum­bent town com­mis­sion­ers Charles Givens and Earl Piner have been costly to the tax­payer and will con­tinue to be if re-elected.

Givens and Piner both voted against the an­nex­a­tion of RiteAid on Route 40 and a pro­posed re­tail cen­ter at the old RMR prop­erty off Bridge Street. These two com­mer­cial busi­nesses would have pro­vided a solid tax base of money com­ing into the Town of Elkton, rev­enue which now will never be cap­tured.

They voted to fire a for­mer as­sis­tant town ad­min­is­tra­tor, which re­sulted in an age dis­crim­i­na­tion lawsuit which cost the tax­pay­ers $235,000.

They voted on a con­tract with Arte­sian Wa­ter with­out read­ing its clauses, which turned a $6,000 monthly bill into a $46,000 monthly bill. The Town of Elkton couldn’t bear that bur­den and so the tax­pay­ers were held re­spon­si­ble for it. No­body was held ac­count­able for their in­com­pe­tence, ex­cept the tax­pay­ers who were given a more costly wa­ter bill. An 11 per­cent re­duc­tion in the wa­ter rate is not a re­duc­tion if it in­creased 57.5 per­cent be­fore. It’s still a 46.5 per­cent in­crease over what we used to pay.

Twice, Piner and Givens have agreed to con­sider a re­cre­ation cen­ter. The first time is was not built and cost the tax­payer’s hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars with noth­ing to show for it. Now there is the re­con­sid­er­a­tion of another re­cre­ation cen­ter with no plan on how to pay for the cost of build­ing it, or how to pay for its op­er­a­tion.

Lastly, the Elkton Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Police Lodge No. 124 con­tract with the town is set to ex­pire on June 30, 2017.

It’s ob­vi­ous now why Elkton Police Capt. Joe Zurolo pub­lished a let­ter to the ed­i­tor ti­tled “We need Givens, Piner in Elkton” in the Whig. And since the Elkton FOP never of­fered to in­ter­view the other can­di­dates, how can he opine on the abil­i­ties of Givens and Piner over a doc­tor­ate of math (Bob Gor­man) and a 14-year busi­ness owner (Chris Zeauskas)? The town can barely af­ford a 25-year re­tire­ment, so how will a shorter re­tire­ment be paid? The tax­pay­ers ob­vi­ously.

On Tues­day, May 24, vote for Bob Gor­man and Chris Zeauskas. As tax­pay­ers, we de­serve our money to be better spent.

By sup­port­ing Dr. Bob Gor­man and Chris Zeauskas with your vote, you will cre­ate a bal­anced board of com­mis­sion­ers that will work in your best in­ter­est to lower wa­ter rates, lower crime and cre­ate jobs.

DJ VanRee­nen is a sit­ting Elkton town com­mis­sioner.

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