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Candidate Nipps says county must prepare for growth

August 15, 2002

Doris J. Nipps
50
Committee coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Washington County Board of Education member
Republican
20236 American Way, Hagerstown




1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

"I would like to see the county give the Board of Education additional money for upgrading and maintenance of our facilities, our schools. That is a necessity to provide a safe environment where kids can learn. We also need to look at staff salaries, especially teachers, to make sure we keep pace with neighboring counties so we can attract and retain (teachers). If that means additional money, I would support that."

2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

"I don't support a tax right now. I think we need to review expenses of the fire and rescue companies and see what the expenses are .... and work with all of them to determine what types of revenues are needed to support fire and rescue services."

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3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

"I don't believe that the public monies, taxpayer money, should be used to build a new stadium ... Funding a baseball stadium doesn't come within the purview of responsibilities of the county government."

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where would the money come from?

"I think we need to look at the job load of deputies. If we have deputies working overtime it would be cheaper to hire more instead of paying overtime. We should evaluate how many deputies are needed to provide the service. Also, we need to look at the pay scale for deputies."

If more money is needed, she said she was not sure exactly where that money could come from.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

"The biggest issue out there now is the comprehensive plan and growth and economic development. If we can put an economic development/growth plan in place for when the growth happens we'll be ready for it. I don't want us to be caught unawares like in Frederick and Montgomery counties."

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