One of my opponents in the upcoming Republican primary, Diana Broomell, has a long legacy of voting to strip us of our private property rights and I would like to give you the facts on this.
Diana Broomell has repeatedly chosen to tag-team with Martin O’Malley in implementing his leftist central planning agenda in opposition to our private land rights.
Instead of fighting the state of Maryland, Broomell voted in favor of O’Malley’s left wing agenda on restricting land use.
In spring 2013, Broomell voted for the County Council to send an endorsement letter for Port Deposit to be designated a “Sustainable Community” under O’Malley’s Plan Maryland Initiative.
The intention here was to help Port Deposit become eligible for state handouts associated with O’Malley’s anti-property rights programs.
Sadly, the rest of the County Council agreed with Broomell.
Why would Broomell vote to support these negative state programs and waste our tax dollars?
There’s nothing wrong with supporting our towns, but Broomell and the Council, by sending this letter of support, endorsed Plan Maryland and further state intervention in local land use
Broomell also voted to create a “bicycle plan” in Cecil County that further implements O’Malley’s Plan Maryland Initiative.
Although nobody opposes people riding bikes, this plan calls for spending money on this infrastructure when our roads are filled with potholes from this harsh winter.
Should our priorities be bike lanes in a tough economy or ensuring that our roads are safe and maintained?
This bike master plan, as passed, will:
• Establish a program for the county to share the cost to buy and install bike racks with local businesses
• Provide taxpayer funded bike safety literature and bike safety checkpoints
• Establish a county-wide bicycle advisory committee
• Create an annual budget for bicycle improvements
• Install and/or REQUIRE bike parking at major destinations
• Provide well marked and maintained on and off street bicycle routes by installing signs, pavement markers, and by paving shoulders
On page 94 of the plan, WILMAPCO estimates that “shared lane markers” will cost $5,000 to $11,000 per mile.
Is this really the best use of our precious tax dollars?
As a Perryville Town Commissioner at the time, I had the opportunity to vote on this issue and I voted against adoption of this bicycle plan. (Scroll to the bottom to see the vote)
Broomell also voted FOR the creation of a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Ordinance.
This ordinance creates a new government program designed to use public tax dollars to buy private property rights all in the name of “smart growth.”
Again I ask, should your precious tax dollars be spent to buy other peoples’ land all in the name of “sustainability” and “smart growth.”
And shouldn’t we all be concerned when the government is buying up land and development rights in perpetuity?
Already, a third of all land in America is government owned.
Why should Cecil County taxpayers be contributing to that?
In addition to creating the TDR program, Broomell has also voted to spend millions of dollars for government purchase of farms.
Broomell voted to spending just shy of $2,000,000 dollars of our money to buy outright just 2 farms–and unfortunately others on the Council agreed and this went through.
Is spending $2 million dollars for just two farms really leading to “agricultural preservation?”
I’m convinced that Diana Broomell is an opponent of our private property rights and nothing more than a local pawn in O’Malley’s game to increase government land control across Maryland.
Diana Broomell is not a bad person, her positions are just wrong for Cecil County.
As her opponent in the upcoming Republican primary I hope you see the differences between what we believe and will choose to support liberty and vote for my candidacy.
I support the following related to protecting our private property rights:
- Repealing the current failing TDR Ordinance
- Reducing zoning and subdivision regulations
- Opposing O’Malley’s PlanMaryland scheme and SB-236
- Never voting to use your tax money to buy private land for “preservation,” “sustainability,” or “smart growth” reasons
- Opposing any effort in the county to institute an “Impact Fee” on new development and new homebuyers
- Stopping all eminent domain schemes
Cecil County Council
Land ownership and the right to private property are crucial rights that we have that must be preserved in our county.