How many times have we heard the Developer Cartel declare that the County’s commercial tax base has declined sharply in the last few years? They led off with this charge in their first Update ad in August 2009. Later in their March 10 Update ad they proclaimed that Queen Anne’s County had “among the lowest commercial tax base in the state, 6.5%”. Business Queen Anne's repeated the charge on page 3 of their April 2010 newsletter stating (click here), “Over the past three years very little has been done to increase county revenues. Our commercial tax base has dropped from 11% to 6.5% in this time frame.”
Now the Developer Seven (the Developer Cartel’s candidates) are obediently repeating the exact same proclamation. But, guess what? The Developer Cartel made up the 6.5% figure. That’s right. It’s a deliberate, premeditated, bold face lie.
If you were fortunate enough to read section A, page15 of Sunday’s Star Democrat (Aug. 29, 2010), you would have seen the lie exposed. Pressed by a reporter, the Developer Cartel’s godfather confessed. “The six-point something is not a correct figure’,” said Mareen Waterman, president and CEO of Business Queen Anne's in a phone interview Wednesday.”
Mr. Waterman tried to maintain that the commercial tax had declined by some amount, just not the often repeated 6.5%. However, to the news reporter’s credit, he checked with the MD Department of Assessments and Taxation (click here). This is what he found: “[A]ccording to those statistics, the commercial tax base increased from 8.45% in 2007 to 8.62% in 2009.”
So the 6.5% lie is just business as usual for Business Queen Anne's. The county commissioner candidates handpicked by the Developer Cartel, have no problem with this. Make it up. Say anything. If it could help persuade voters to let the Developer Cartel pave our county, then by all means, tell the lie.
Stay tuned. More lies will be exposed.