Candidate Survey: Wade Kach for Baltimore County Council, District 3
Office sought and district
Baltimore County Councilman District 3
Western Maryland College, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Retired Public School Teacher, Retired Public School Auditor
First term in County Council, Delegate in MD General Assembly
Why are you running for Office
I am running to continue my crusade to bring openness and transparency to Baltimore County government. I have had success in securing approval of legislation to keep citizens aware of upcoming legislation and decisions and give them an opportunity for meaningful input. In addition, I want to work to enlarge the county’s economic base to better afford vital services and quality education. I believe that for the county to serve the people well, political cronyism must be abolished.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why
Ronald Reagan because he was a positive person and a believer in the American dream. He was sincere and an excellent communicator.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy and why?
Margaret Thatcher’s biography because she was a strong leader and a firm believer in the free enterprise system. She is to be admired for her action in privatizing many government-owned services, such as power, railroads, etc. In addition, similar to Reagan, she reduced taxes to spur the economy.
What will be your top priority, if elected to this position?
Economic development will be my top priority because that is the key to making Baltimore County a great to live, work and raise a family. Corporate welfare is not the answer to county stability and positive growth.
What is the biggest issue facing your county?
The stress on our budget is due to a great extent to long term debt which stems from a tendency to give extended tax credits to political friends of the administration. For example, the county gave a $43 million subsidy for Towson Row in the form of upfront money and tax credits with no assurance that the projected employment and tax base will be realized.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
I was the only Councilmember to vote against this year’s budget because I disagreed with the spending priorities. For example, I believed that the Baltimore County school system STAT computer program was overpriced and not sufficiently researched. It has never been determined by studies that the program is academically successful. In my experience as an Auditor, I saw waste and questionable expenditures. As for taxes, Baltimore County’s property taxes are regressive and in many cases, place an undue burden on many families.
What is your position on a county tax cap?
Baltimore County has a 4% cap on property tax increases. Considering that salaries have not increased at this level for many years, the current cap is too high. The property tax burden continues to escalate at a rate which exceeds senior and family income.
What is your position on land use issues?
Property rights are paramount. In addition, land use decisions must also must take into consideration environmental, infrastructure and transportation concerns. The public water for one million people comes from northern Baltimore County. It is imperative that land use decisions protect water quality.
What is your position on public safety?
Maintaining public safety is government’s top priority. We need to continually evaluate whether we have the adequate resources to keep us safe. If a community is not safe it negatively affects schools, businesses and quality of life.