The Developer Cartel's Goal

The Developer Cartel's Goal
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Richard Smith, Cartel Candidate

“We need to look at our county budget as each of us would look at our personal budget. Our expenses cannot exceed our income.”  This is a direct quote from Richard Smith on the mailer my family received yesterday promoting his campaign for Queen Anne’s County Commissioner. Mr. Smith is one of the Waterman/Developer Cartel candidates.

I could not agree more with Mr. Smith’s quote, but unfortunately, Mr. Smith didn’t really mean it - at least with respect to the recent controversial purchase of the Sause property in Centreville. You see, Richard Smith represented Judge Sause in the sale of his property to Queen Anne’s County.



Everyone knows that the county is facing serious financial shortfalls due to declining property values, hence less property tax revenue. In simple terms, “our expenses have exceeded our income” and Mr. Smith is fully aware of this. So why did he facilitate a deal for our county to pay 1.3 million dollars for a property assessed for around 260,000 dollars. Yes, that’s right.  We paid five times the assessed value. (Click here to see the deal.)

In August of 2001, my wife and I bought our home just a few blocks down on the same street as Judge Sause’s 204 N. Commerce Street house. We paid $260,000.00.  Our first assessment was for $218,466.00 and our first property tax bill was $3,364.38. (Click here to see our first bill.)  Fast forwarding to the time of the Sause deal, our assessment had grown to $589,210.00 with a tax bill of $4,816.04. (Click here to see our last bill.)

Now just a little bit off my main point, I’d like to point out how much more we are paying in taxes.  The reason this is significant is that Mareen Waterman and his candidates are spouting off that increased development will somehow keep our taxes low.  Centreville has been the fastest growth area in the county and one of the fastest growth areas in the state. So why are our taxes so high when they claimed that they would go down? They’re not telling the truth, that’s why!  Now back to Dick Smith.

Mr. Smith, here’s what I’m willing to do. I want to make up the one million forty thousand dollar difference that my fellow citizens incurred on your little deal with the county and you’re just the man to make it happen. All you have to do is sell my home for five times the value my home was assessed for at the time of the Sause deal. That would translate into a sales price of $2,946,000.00.  Wait a minute.  I’m going to sweeten the pot.  I’ll give the county every cent over that $589,210.00 assessed value.  Please work quickly because the county could desperately use that two and a third million dollar profit.

And who knows, maybe I’ll even vote for you. No, wait a minute. I could never bring myself to do that and I’m going to bet that most Queen Anne’s County voters won’t either.

More to come.

13 comments:

  1. Do any of Waterman's candidates shoot straight? You never hear Olds speak, so maybe he isn't a liar. What am I thinking? He's one of them.

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  2. What was in it for him? I have always said this needed to be investigated.

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  3. There are some people who could tell you some things about good ol' Dave Olds. To be fair, I've never supported him, but hearing what I heard, I don't know how anyone could support him.

    Of course, Dave doesn't have a primary. No reason to blow him out of the water. Yet.

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  4. I live on Kent Island and in 1999 the land part of my tax assessment was $68,050. This last tax cycle, it shows the land at $223,050! That is a 227% increase in 10 years. What caused this is land speculation and now we've got a "hangover". There were folks out there cashing in, flipping and dealing land - but I don't want them in control of my county.

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  5. When the FASTC project was being considered, Ruthsburg farmers (and Farm Bureau members) asked Farm Bureau for support in opposing a project that would have ruined the surrounding agricultural landscape. As Vice Chairman of the Farm Bureau, Dick Smith refused to take a position on FASTC, even though the FASTC project would have had a "major" negative impact on neighboring farms. Smith's brochure says he won't be influenced by paid lobbyist...that's good - problem is, he's influenced by his developer friends...and that's much much worse.

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  6. The FBI will sometimes investigate local corruption. I hope that everyone who is as disgusted by this as I am will submit a tip using the link below. It's worth a try. This blatant corruption has to end.

    https://tips.fbi.gov/

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  7. What I don't understand is why nobody bought some space to rebut all the lies that Business Queen Anne's ladled out over the last six months. It was clear they were relying on the "Big Lie" technique. They assume people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if they repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. It was a popular political technique in Europe in the 30s.

    Oh, well, wish I had Waterman's money so I could rebut such outrageous lies (some even admitted by him to be untrue). Hope it's not too late to overcome his BS.

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  8. Dear Anonymous 5:33....
    I think some people tried but anything on the candidates who are NOT in the CARTEL was and still is as far as I have been able to see buried on page 11 or in the back somewhere. If you notice, the BQA is always on page 3 and opposite their page is always at least one of their candidates and others of the Developer Seven are on the front or in the first few pages. And get this....The Update refuses to take people (who have requested it) off of their mailing list. We are being forced to see this rubbish. Signs of the new millenium???

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  9. We were sorry to see Richard Smith lose his primary. He actually won his district. Regrettably, Queen Anne's Conservation and it's army of voters from Route 8 get to choose who will represent those of us from district 2. Sadly many of us feel disenfranchised living under the oppressive rule of King Henry and his legion of flying monkeys in Queen Anne's Conservation.

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  10. Judge Sause was probably sorry to see him lose also. Not me. Wasn't that him driving Ben Cassell's getaway car when Cassell was fleeing from the John Sherman interview? He could get always get a job as a city cab driver. Plenty of development there.

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  11. Mr. Simmons will do an excellent job representing us in district 2. The citizens on Kent Island are quite concerned about the Waterman/Developer Cartel goal of putting 5,000 plus new homes on the island. Quality of life issues and increased property taxes are far more significant than a few millionaires making a few more million.

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  12. County commissioners do not "represent" their districts. If that were the case, they would only run for election in their districts, not all over the county. That is like saying since John McCain won Alabama, he should be Alabama's president, and Obama can be president of the states he won. In a word, ridiculous.

    The only role the "district" format is meant to play, is to ensure that the people who represent the entire county, are actually from the entire county, and not just from Kent Island.

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  13. I think your figures are wrong. The total number of houses they are planning are 15,000, not 5,000. That's how many lots there are in the southern kent island communities. Make sure the people know the right figures.

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