Allison Pickard

Allison Pickard
  • Democrat
  • Age: 45
  • Residence: Millersville

About Allison Pickard

Education

Bachelor of Science in. Sociology, minor Political Science: College of Charleston Masters Level Graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management: Georgetown University

Background

Constituent Service with US Senator Hollings 2 Years of Service with AmeriCorps 12 year career working in Senior Housing and Community Services. Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs Anne Arundel County Board of Education Anne Arundel County School Board Appt. Commission

Questionnaire

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Development
Should the county develop small area plans as part of the upcoming General Development Plan and Comprehensive rezoning process?
Pickard: The General Development Plan process must include small area plans. In fact, it would beneficial to perform an audit of the Small Area Plan recommendations from our GDP of over a decade ago. As I study the Glen Burnie Small Area Plan of 2004, it is clear that many of the recommendations have never materialized. Convening a group of community members to work on a new vision for the Greater Glen Burnie area is a must.
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Teachers
The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County continues to advocate for a return of step increases given up during the 2008 recession. Should the County Council fund these increases?
Pickard: I am a strong advocate for increased compensation for our Teachers in Anne Arundel. I am also a strong advocate for reducing our class size issues which will require hundreds of additional teachers. The budget process for funding our school system requires the Board of Education to make a formal budget request, the County Executive to allocate funds, and then County Council can only add additional funds by taking from other categories. Any County dollars allocated for Instructional staff in the school system budget then go through a collective bargaining process between Board of Education and Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County. The County Council does not have the authority to dictate how budget increases for teachers are dispersed. Those details must be negotiated.
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Taxes
Do you support maximizing revenue under the county tax cap, or seeking additional revenues to support increased spending on education, public safety or other initiatives?
Pickard: I believe we can meet our needs within the county by maximizing revenue within the legal confines of our county tax revenue cap as well as leveraging opportunities for public/private partnerships and state/federal grant opportunities.
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