Doug Zinn

Doug Zinn
  • Republican
  • Age: 69
  • Residence: Parkton

About Doug Zinn

Education

MS (JHU) MBA (Pace Univ.) BS (U of MD)

Background

Federal and County government administrator for 32+ years and Researcher/Grant Writer for 8+ years

Questionnaire

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1
Kamenetz record
What do you consider the greatest accomplishments and failings of the Kamenetz administration?
Zinn: Accomplishment—keeping taxes stable Failings—heeding to developers; being reactive for political purposes rather than creative in in dealing with community issues; not improving County government performance
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2
Resources/Taxes
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?
Zinn: County should work with State government to allocate proportionate share of funding. No higher taxes. Issue bond funding for schools
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3
Housing
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?
Zinn: Housing vouchers need strong supportive services to make communities work well. Without these additional services, the communities will fail and contribute to declining neighborhoods.
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4
School system
Does the county government exercise adequate oversight over the school system?
Zinn: County government fails to oversee and share responsibility for the school system.
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5
Revitalization
What role can the county play in assisting in the preservation or revitalization of aging communities?
Zinn: Unused, under-utilized, abandoned and aging structures can be bought and renovated with bond funds.
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6
Police
How would you characterize the relationship between the Baltimore County police and the communities they serve? Are any reforms necessary?
Zinn: County Police do the best job possible. Reforms might stress reducing escalation of conflicts and obtaining resolutions of issues.
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7
Zoning
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?
Zinn: Zoning & URDL efforts work but should be strictly enforced with no manipulation of the system by County government. Should adopt a DO NO HARM policy for rural/agricultural lands.
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8
Baltimore City
Is Baltimore County's support for cultural institutions in Baltimore City too little, too much or just right?
Zinn: About right.
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9
Transit
Is Baltimore County adequately served by mass transit?
Zinn: Yes. However, improved roadways and signaling systems should be provided for better traffic flow.
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