WCD is op­pres­sive leg­is­la­tion that will doom west­ern Charles

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I will be no more of­fen­sive to the plan­ning com­mis­sion, pro­po­nents of the wa­ter­shed con­ser­va­tion dis­trict (WCD) and the county com­mis­sion­ers than this plan is to me and 6,000 other res­i­dents who will po­ten­tially find our­selves trapped within the WCD and once again dis­en­fran­chised from the pros­per­ity, eco­nomic growth and qual­ity of life that the rest of Charles County en­joys.

Along with State Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles), State Dels. Sally Jame­son (D-Charles) and Edith Pat­ter­son (D-Charles), and the vast ma­jor­ity of county res­i­dents, I, too, am ve­he­mently op­posed to the WCD and the enor­mous over­reach of power be­ing dis­played by our county govern­ment.

As it stands, this is the most ar­bi­trary, capri­cious and op­pres­sive leg­is­la­tion to come out of Charles County in its 359-year history. This is not a plan for smart growth but an agenda for sys­tem­atic eco­nomic geno­cide to be levied on In­dian Head, Bryans Road and all of west­ern Charles County by the dic­ta­tion of dra­co­nian terms of land us­age and devel­op­ment with no re­gard for prop­erty owner rights.

Four of seven plan­ning com­mis­sion­ers em­brace the belief that we cit­i­zens within the WCD can­not co-ex­ist with our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, nor do they trust us to do so. There­fore, we are be­ing leg­is­lated out of the equa­tion.

In my ob­ser­va­tion, I find this plan to be 10 per­cent based on fact and 90 per­cent prop­a­gated by en­vi­ron­men­tal rhetoric and po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy — all while hid­ing be­hind the skirt of ecol­ogy.

As pro­posed, the plan will, in short order, re­sult in the death of In­dian Head, Bryans Road and Mary­land Air­port as prop­erty tax rev­enue is for­ever lost in th­ese key ar­eas and that loss is shifted to the other 146,000 county cit­i­zens.

Along with dwin­dling school pop­u­la­tions within the WCD, and the plau­si­bil­ity of cross-county bussing to fill ever grow­ing num­bers of empty school seats within the WCD, all county res­i­dents can ex­pect to see the in­tro­duc­tion of frac­tional per­cent­age lo­cal sales taxes in the 1/8th to 1/4 per­cent­age range since pig­gy­back taxes are tapped out and ad­di­tional prop­erty tax in­creases can­not make up the gap.

Ev­ery­one in this room [the WCD hear­ing of May 24], the plan­ning com­mis­sion, and all five com­mis­sion­ers know this is a fa­tally flawed plan long on prom­ises of an eter­nally pas­toral west­ern Charles County, but abysmally short­sighted and overly sim­pli­fied for ease of di­ges­tion by Charles County’s cit­i­zens.

Com­mis­sioner [Amanda] Ste­wart (D), you hold the cru­cial vote that will de­ter­mine where Charles County will go to­mor­row and in years to come. Your al­le­giance should be re­served for all Charles County cit­i­zens and to no other par­tic­u­lar per­sons or en­ti­ties.

I im­plore ev­ery Charles County res­i­dent to call their state leg­is­la­tors today to help us level the play­ing field in this ef­fort to de­feat the WCD and adopt po­lit­i­cally trans­par­ent smart growth poli­cies. Our state del­e­ga­tion is al­ready with us. Gary Han­cock, In­dian Head

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