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Candidate Trujillo says county shouldn't fund stadium

August 21, 2002

Editor's Note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Tomorrow: Constance Cramer




Jaime Trujillo
56
Republican
Correctional officer
5155 Red Hill Road, Keedysville

1. Do you think the county gives the school board enough money? Why or why not?

"I would have to meet with School Board administrators about program needs and personnel requirements before I could comment on the question."

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

"I am opposed to any tax increase, unlike the current commissioners. The issue is not proper funding as much as it is about proper organization and allocating funds as needed."

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

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"People do not locate here because of a baseball stadium. They locate here for the quality of living. Our county tax dollars could be better spent on more important programs."

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

"Since Public Safety gets only 3 percent of the total county budget, more funding should be allocated for recruitment and retention of deputies."

Trujillo said he did not know exactly where the additional money would come from.

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

"The (issue) in the forefront is overpriced development of farmland without the proper infrastructure (water, sewer and roads). The second one is making the City of Hagerstown a thriving community again. Having an accredited four-year university with 2,000 students in the downtown area can do this."

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