Does Baltimore County have adequate resources to meet its needs, particularly to renovate or replace aging schools? Do you support increasing the property tax or local income tax?
Rader: When one says “Baltimore County,” one has to say who is Baltimore county? Baltimore County is the residents, the businesses, the tax payers of this area. So, rephrasing the question, do the residents, businesses, tax payers have adequate resources to meet its needs? Categorically, yes. Are we properly resourced with an administration? If we were, I would not be running for office in the 7th District of Baltimore County. I believe that the residents of Baltimore County at a community level need to be engaged and informed of the cost of each individual school within their community and how the cost of renovations or replacement of these schools will affect the budget in these most trying times with pensions coming due, state pensions coming due and the fact that we’re funding industrial redevelopment at Sparrows Point in the hundreds of millions, yet there’s no question in this questionnaire about whether we have money to fund them. Yet, you’re asking me if we have money to fund our children’s schools. How did the current councilman force through (without a complete disclosure) a tax incremental resolution that he himself doesn’t understand, much less the communities he’s supposed to represent? I pose, if we have hundreds of millions to finance industrial development, we certainly have money to fund the development of our children!