Candidate Survey: Ed Hale, Jr. for Baltimore County Council, District 3
Ed Hale, Jr.
Office Sought and District
Baltimore County Council District 3
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President/CEO Hale Transport
Have not held office before
Why are you running for office?
The district needs a strong proactive voice to represent the constituents.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Ronald Regan. He wasn’t afraid of taking a position and following thru on it. Case and point, the air traffic controllers. He also was very effective working across the aisle to further his agenda. I am not a politician, but a pragmatic business person who understands how to think outside the box to accomplish difficult tasks.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
John Adams. The birth of our nation has always fascinated me. How our forefathers who were just ordinary people, had the guts to break away from England, the ability and foresight to sit and construct our Constitution is beyond impressive to me. John Adams, while not popular with many in the government at the time, stood his ground, and helped construct who we are as a nation today. I applaud his love of country.
What will be your top priority in elected to this position?
Bringing new businesses and or assist start up businesses into the current commercial districts, while retaining existing businesses. Redevelop existing commercial districts to help achieve bringing in new business. Following thru on building a new Dulaney H.S..
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
Spending. The current administration has maxed out our bonds, and is talking about raising property taxes to pay for the increased spending. By brining in new businesses into the district or the county, we will increase revenues. This will help with the debt service the county is facing. I will go line by line in the budget and will scrutinize all current spending to see where we can reduce it.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I am a fiscal conservative. The Baltimore County property tax rate is 1.10%, and the personal income tax rate is 2.83%. While these tax rates are in the middle of the other counties in Maryland, we can do better. I believe in the Laffer Curve, which says, if you tax more to get more revenue, you actually get to the point where you collect less because people move to avoid higher taxes. If I can bring more revenue by enticing new businesses to move or start up in Baltimore County, the less we need from individual tax payers. The county budget will be looked at line by line, and the council has line item veto authority if there is a consensus. I will point out to the other council members where I believe frivolous spending is in the budget and can be eliminated.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
I again reference the Laffer Curve. The more we tax, ultimately the more we lose our base to surrounding counties, and less revenue collected. You can’t continue to go to the well time and time again before the well runs dry. I favor a county tax cap.
What is your position on land use issues?
My position is simple, your land is your land to do with whatever you want within the law. For most of us, real estate is the single most biggest investment we have. The government should not dictate what you can and can’t do with it. I will not downzone a piece of property again a property owners will. That is something the current councilman has done, and in my opinion is wrong.
What is your position on public safety?
Our first responders deserve the very best. They put their lives on the line to protect us each and every day. Currently our fire trucks in the county do not have GPS to respond to a fire. Instead they resort to a map book for direction. I will make sure that not only fire trucks within the 3rd district have GPS, but all of the county’s fire trucks are equipped wit GPS. Our police officers respond in smaller vehicles than they did in the past. The new cars are the Ford Taurus, which replaced the Ford Crown Victoria. The Taurus is not large enough for taller officers, especially when transporting someone in the back seat. For the same money we can get Ford Explorers which have more interior room for the officers. I will make sure we include the Explorer in the fleet when we retire the older vehicles