What do you consider the greatest accomplishments and failings of the Kamenetz administration?
Stanley: As with every political administration, there are strengths and weaknesses. I respect County Executive Kamenetz for serving Baltimore County. The county executive added more funding for a consecutive amount of years to the County school budget to rebuild and renovate schools . Some of the failings have been the attempted sale of school property to a retail developer. The resulting attempted sale relocated a police department and threatened to pave over a large recreational space. The community fought back against it and sale was halted by the state . The executive seemed to lose touch with some less affluent communities in the county with some of the administration’s actions .
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?
Stanley: The adopted operating budget support detail fiscal year 2018 for Baltimore County Department of Education category of LAND, BLDG, and OTHER IMPROVEMENTS indicates the adjusted appropriated budget for FY2017 is 14,484,815 and adopted budget for FY2018 is 14,595,311. Based on the budgetary information FY2018 budget currently indicates adequate resources to meet its needs particularly to renovate or replace aging schools. In the event more funds would be required to satisfy commitments then a current spending audit and budgetary funds surplus in other agencies would be considered. Burdening the citizens of Baltimore County with Increasing property tax or local income tax should be the avoided and only should be considered after all the other resources are exhausted.
Do you support Baltimore County's federal housing consent decree? In particular, do you support a prohibition on rental discrimination against those who use federal housing vouchers?
Stanley: There should be no discrimination against anyone using federal programs.
Does the county government exercise adequate oversight over the school system?
Stanley: Yes the county exercises adequate oversight of the school system.
What role can the county play in assisting in the preservation or revitalization of aging communities?
Stanley: The Revitalization of an aging community could lead to growth and increased tax revenue when communities start growing again . Any help to communities that are undergoing revitalization would have to be deemed on a case by case basis and the positive impacts to the community and county would have to be weighed in the decision making process .
How would you characterize the relationship between the Baltimore County police and the communities they serve? Are any reforms necessary?
Stanley: Baltimore County Police must conduct more public outreach programs to increase visibility and to further continue to build trust within the community they serve. Reforms are method of continuous improvement and reforms that supports the community and improved quality of work for Baltimore County Police Department must be adopted.
Baltimore County was a pioneer in rural land preservation. Do its zoning policies and the Urban-Rural Demarcation Line continue to serve the county's needs?
Stanley: We must continue the preservation of our rural land in Baltimore County. Current Urban-Rural Demarcation Line is servicing the county’s needs. Zoning policies must be stringent to continue supporting of the rural land preservation in Baltimore County.
Is Baltimore County's support for cultural institutions in Baltimore City too little, too much or just right?
Stanley: Historically within Baltimore County works in collaboration with cultural institutions and non-profits and have encouraged high quality artistic programs for the residents of the county. Baltimore County must continue to strengthen their outreach within the county. Initiations of support for cultural institutions in Baltimore city must be addressed only if Baltimore County’s budget can support the project. A collaborative approach is always considered between both the Baltimore City and County community for cultural institutions.
Is Baltimore County adequately served by mass transit?
Stanley: Maryland Transit Authority have been serving the residents of Baltimore Community with great stride. Unfortunately many areas of Baltimore County are still deprived of public transportation. With detailed research that includes census support and budgetary justification an expansion of service coverage in all Baltimore County must be considered by Mass Transit.