The beginning of the meeting was oh so predictable. Shreve abstains on the budget adjustments and then votes no on the minutes. However, we do have one question. Where is this guy?:
It’s the second week in a row that we’ve been left without his council member comments and insights. Hopefully that will rectify itself next week.
There’s a first reading on the solar panel bill, more on that later.
Then it’s off to the Small Business Real Property Credit and whoa man are we soothsayers or something because in our drinking game we predicted that our beloved Party O’Lincolners would cause trouble and disappoint they did not. This bill is being amended to clarify some language and to add the stipulation that if the property is subject to a TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) then the business would not be eligible for this credit. In other words, NO DOUBLE DIPPING in the coffers of the tax payers.
Well, in their best mansplaining tones, Billy and Tony want to know why businesses in TIF zones (that have already received a tax break) are being discriminated against. Isn’t there some magic pot of money where these businesses can be given a second break? Hell, why don’t we get rid of the taxes altogether, Fellas?! Isn’t it just theft? M.C., the county lawyer and a representative from the Economic Opportunity Office (all women holla!) jump in to tell them that not only were the stipulations for this credit set forth in Annapolis but that what they were suggesting was highly unusual. Jerry says that you can’t give away the same dollar twice and we hear Billy mutter: “Yeah ya can”. Since this bill was amended, a 2nd reading will occur on the 7th with a final vote on the 21st.
Once again Billy votes against going into closed session. Someone explain that one to us..please!
Master of Rhetoric Shreve has some really good points to make this evening. SIKE! He’s just as awful and terrible as he always is.You know that solar panel bill that had the first reading tonight? Well, it’s total crap! According to Billy we should just say we don’t want solar panel facilities in this county and just shut the book on it! Did you people know that there hasn’t been a pro-business bill passed in this county for 2 years!!! It’s absolutely 100% true! Billy suggests we go out to all the Frederick County welcome signs and hang “Close for Business” upon them. Bud asks Billy, “Is that all?” Which is a very gentile way of saying STFU.
Jerry is a grown up. Jessica is a grown up. Applauds Billy’s interest in the solar panel issue and looks forward to his “input”. M.C.’s comments show Billy for the anti-farmer candidate that he is. She explains to him that the restrictions in the solar panel bill were crafted based on input from area farmers who very selfishly want to make sure that we have enough land to grow food. You know so we don’t all starve to death! Bud hands out perfect attendance awards for the first two years and we think you can guess which Three Amigos did not get one. Looking forward to the Facebook tirades over that!
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Billy Shreve should especially know about the “TIF” that was being referenced to during this meeting since it was passed by the last BOCC. It was a giveaway to the developer that is going to build 8 -10k new homes around Lake Linganore. It was to fund the infrastructure required to give the area access to and from I-70, east and west. Otherwise, the developer would have to wait for the funding from the Federal government to build these on/off ramps to give access for the traffic generated by all the new homes he is going build. Since the closest access point to I-70 is the overpass at route 75, all the cars would have to pass through New Market to get on it. New Market would go from the” Antique Capital of Maryland” to the “Biggest Traffic Jam in Maryland.” The 8 – 10k new homes I mentioned
does not even include the homes north of New Market that are planned like the Bentlinger project, the Casey property, and others. Fortunately, the Bentlinger DRRA has been overturned by the court system. The funding for these ramps for Lake Linganore will only help the east and west movement of cars. The North and South traffic will
not be assisted by these ramps. That is when solutions and funding for Route 75 and I-270 will have to decided upon At the time, the BOCC praised this solution as a “Public/Private Partnership. If my memory serves me correctly, the
total price for the ramps for Lake Linganore is around $90 million. The developer is putting up $13 million, and the citizens are advancing the balance, $77 million. During the meetings on the project, the subject of badly needed school capacity came up. Someone mentioned this at one meeting when they said “the county could build
a couple of new schools for that amount of money. Your money, was put in the “CIP” for the ramps, and the old BOCC approved the funding for the ramps. Please leave us out of these “partnerships” in the future. It insinuates
we are splitting the costs fairly. This is what I recall about the “TIF”. Please add any comments if this post is not accurate.