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Candidate Redenbo says integrity is key to government

August 29, 2002

Kurt Redenbo

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Democrat

Marketing director at the National Park Foundation

11630 Harp Road, Hagerstown

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: James F. Kercheval

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

"Yes, I believe so. ... I have to believe that within the budget they already receive that they have sufficient operating revenue. ... We should make sure the money is being spent in the best way possible."

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

Yes, but it should be an excise tax or an impact fee on all new residential and commercial development, not a tax on (existing) taxpayers."

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

He said a portion of the money received from the county hotel-motel tax should be used to help pay for a new stadium. Redenbo said general county tax revenue should not be used to help fund a stadium.

"The Suns are an asset to this community and we should use the hotel-motel tax (money) to keep them here."

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

"My sense is we could use more deputies. ... But given the fact that we don' have the wherewithal to raise taxes, I would look at implementing an excise tax or impact fee (on new development)."

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

"Over-development and the lack of government integrity. ... The John Howard controversy is a perfect example of the lack of candor. ... With more accountability we'll have better planning. ... If we continue on the same path as we are now, with development without adequate public knowledge or public participation, in the next five or 10 years we'll build a county none of us want to live in."

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