To Mother Nature. Cecil County residents have long contended with balmy summer nights during the annual late July Cecil County Fair, but this year’s heat wave and harsh rainstorms have been more than many are willing to handle. With a heat index considerably higher than 100 degrees Monday, the fair’s Children Day was hampered by uncomfortable weather. Worse yet, the constant temperatures in excess of 90 degrees have made the metal midway rides too hot for many young riders, forcing organizers to postpone the opening of the midway to cooler nighttime hours. Luckily, the last two days of the fair promise to be drier than the first seven have been, according to the National Weather Service. We can only hope that county residents and supporters of our strong agricultural community turn out in droves tonight and tomorrow night to ensure the fair has as successful a finish as possible. Farmers support us, so let’s make sure to support them.
To the increasing number of property owners stepping forward in Rising Sun to draw attention to an unintended consequence of a recent town tax policy change. Last month, the town announced that about half of the monthly utility bill property owners were receiving would be re-classified as debt service tax and moved to the property tax bill along with the cost of trash pickup. On average, that would raise the property tax bill about $384. The monthly bill would then only cover the cost of actual water and sewer usage. Earlier this month though, the board heard from two men whose vacant properties were being taxed for unused services. This week, even more stepped forward to question how the town could collect for services not rendered. “What you’ve done is wrong,” William Cather told town officials. “You can’t tax someone for a service they are not receiving.” While we give town leaders credit for thinking outside of the box instead of immediately looking to raise user fees on utilities, this plan was perhaps “too good to be true” and needs to head back to the drawing board to iron out such issues as the ones raised.