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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The 6.5% Lie

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.

11 comments:

  1. I saw this exact "story" in the paper today, BUT I saw it here first. This is proving to be a site that is a daily must to keep up with it all. I have to wonder if this would have ever come to light had Mr. Bob Simmons NOT challenged it. Good thing we have men like him and David Dunmyer who are not afraid to question. Who are not so quick to believe everything they hear.

    To an outsider it would look like 2 seperate entities; one fighting with TRUTH - actual documented FACTS and the other with money and connections - side-stepping, avoiding and misdirecting as well as lying which is evident above. Do we REALLY want men like Mr. Waterman and those associated with him (Develooper Seven) determining the future of our county?

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  2. It doesn't surprise me that the facts are wrong. BQA has been USING the Update as a propaganda tool since the Federal Training Facility tried to come in. All that BQA wants to do is line their own pockets at the expense and detriment of Queen Annes County residents.

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  3. It strikes me that not only does BQA get the facts wrong, but they rub people the wrong way, as well. I don't pay much attention to politics and groups fighting their way to the bottom of the scrap heap, but without having all the information, I just can't see many people voting for the BQA candidates. I don't need my intelligence questioned, I don't need to be preached to, and I don't need to see an election devolve into a gimmick contest for a gift card. Shame on these folks, they represent the lowest common denominator in politics.

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  4. Well said Adam. I know one person who called the Update and requested to NEVER AGAIN receive their paper and they told them that they have to get it. Feel free to throw it out but it will be in your mail like it or not (not exact words but same sentiment). At least people are seeing BQA for what they are and put no stock in what they say.

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  5. If you want to know who the "bad candidates" are, look no farther than the signs along the side of the road. Look at the groupings of signs in front of the strip malls and commercial locations. You will clearly see who the developer cartel are supporting. They might as well just put a sign out saying "Vote for these guys! They will help to make our company millions by laying the groundwork for future strip mall locations near you!!"

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  6. I, like many citizens of QAC, am sick and tired of being inundated with the avalanche of “facts” being thrown at us by Business Queen Anne’s (in The Update), and now by their PAC - The Friends of Queen Anne’s County - telling us to vote their candidates and blaming all the economic woes of QAC on the last 8 years’ Commissioners. I wasn't surprised by the article from Sunday, August 29, 2010 Star Democrat that states that the “facts” BQA has been throwing out regarding the commercial tax base in QAC are just plain MADE UP! So many of their “facts” (run in the full page ads in The Update over the past year) have been made up. And unfortunately, some REASONABLE citizens are starting to believe them! It just makes me crazy.

    I got a chuckle out of a Letter to the Editor in Sunday’s Star Dem . . . and I quote, “I am happy to see there is an organization – Business Queen Anne’s – that has decided to stand up to the anti-growth groups that call themselves the Kent Island Defense League and Queen Anne’s Conservation.” It goes on to tell us to vote wisely for our new commissioners and ends with “If . . . you’re retired, wealthy, your children don’t live in the area and you consider any new resident as intruding on your personal space – vote for the NO candidates.” My laugh was twofold - first it’s just amazing to see how much fear can STILL be generated by KIDL 3 years after it pretty much went bye-bye, except for the website and email list. The second is that they think only “retired, wealthy . . . “ people support the slow/managed growth movement (oh, and they’ve started using our own terms against us!). Well, I’m neither, and my child does live here, and I just have to wonder, HOW MUCH MONEY DID IT TAKE TO RUN THOSE FULL PAGE ADS EVERY WEEK FOR OVER A YEAR LEADING UP TO THE ELECTION? Talk about wealthy backers!

    And I have to take a minute to address John McQueeney, Jr.’s letter in the September 1st Bay Times. He says that some of the current candidates have already cost the County millions . . . I BEG to differ! The lawsuits over Four Seasons were brought about directly by the implementation/signing of the Developer’s Rights and Responsibilities Agreement that MR. McQUEENEY’S Board (McQueeney, George O’Donnell and Marlene Davis) signed AFTER being soundly trounced in the 2002 primary election by citizens that DID NOT WANT FOUR SEASONS. Once that DRRA was signed the only course left to all those citizens was through the Courts. Too bad their elected officials just didn’t LISTEN to them from the get-go!

    I wish the problems in the economy were so simple they could be blamed on something local . . . but that’s not the case, and we all know it.

    Now I have to get back to work, trying to earn a buck . . . and yes, I’m a Realtor (gasp!) and my husband is a builder/remodeler (double gasp!). And we are still firmly against any movement to Pave Our County! This is a special place, let’s keep it that way!

    Nancy Koval

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  7. I too have requested that my name be taken off of the mailing list for the Update paper, to no avail. I do not think that it is legal to deny this request and I intend to ask a lawyer about it. I think everyone reading this website, who is against the publication of these articles should call the Update and demand to be taken off of the mailing list. They cannot force junk mail down our throats. I personally feel that BQA, whose President is Mr. Waterman, a developer, does NOT represent what the majority of citizens want for our county. Going door to door, I am hearing objection to overdevelopment, wishes for more responsible commercial development, commissioners who listen to the people, and fiscally-responsible Commissioners with budget experience. I feel the best Commission for our county would be a Dunmyer, Simmons, Frohn, Broderick and Krozak commission - honest people who can't be bought by special interests. It's time for honest politics in this county!!

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  8. I strongly feel that Neal Jackson should be added to Margo's list of candidates with integrity who oppose overdevelopment. He strongly contends that this county needs to grow in more diverse ways, he listens, and has tremendous budget experience! Neal also has the intelligence and the strong business background to lead this county forward. Go into his website to see for yourself!

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  9. Joe Gannon (District 1 Dem) is also a good choice.

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  10. Who exactly are the developer 7?

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  11. You will see all 7 listed on one of the many mailers you have no doubt received from Mr. Waterman's "Friends of Queen Anne's County PAC. The Developer 7 are Arentz,Mansfield, Dean, Smith, Gunther, Dumenil, and Olds. They are all heavily financed and endorsed by Waterman to do his bidding if elected. It's up to us voters to stop them.

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