- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
This letter is in regard to the July 31 article about water and sewer being brought to northern St. Mary’s County. They say there’s an interest in the business community. Well, then, let the business community pay for it.
Within the last four years, my property tax has increased by $1,200 and my property assessment has decreased by $100,000. Now the “land planners” want to shove something on us that we don’t need or want, to make only a few businessmen happy. Why would the people here want this when we already have our own wells and septic tanks, and more importantly, we maintain them?
Where in the world did Shelby Guazzo come up with the idea that the northern end of the county will suffer without public water and sewer, and that Hughesville will take over as the center of commerce?
The northern end of the county already has an emergency care facility, kidney dialysis facility, rehabilitation center, Social Security Administration office, veterans home, senior citizen center, three elementary schools, two parks, a walking/biking path, approximately seven banks, a public library, numerous doctor and dentist offices, a hotel, grocery stores, drug stores and numerous fast-food eateries.
This plan will create unnecessary expenses to all the property owners who now have and maintain their own water and sewage. This will also increase the possibility of builders coming in and putting up single-family homes and townhouses.
It was bad enough when the park-and ride was created on Golden Beach Road. Now I have to wait through three or four light changes just to get out of Golden Beach in the evenings.
I for one don’t want northern St. Mary’s County to look like Lexington Park, Billingsley Road or Waldorf. We have already lost so much of the county’s beauty through development. As a man born in the county, I have stayed because I love to see the open fields, the farm land and the trees rather than buildings stacked up on top of each other.
This could end up as another fee on our yearly property taxes that increases without our say-so, just like the Bay Restoration Fund and the Environmental Solid Waste Fund.
Carlton Ford, Mechanicsville