Givens, Piner have cost Elkton too much
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.