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Carrie Gouff, Republican

July 26, 2006

If voters give her the opportunity, Washington County Commissioners candidate Carrie Gouff said she hopes to freeze taxes and slow development.

The county can address its infrastructure needs while giving taxpayers a break, said.Gouff, a Republican.

Gouff, 40, who as president of the Chewsville, Smithsburg, Leitersburg youth league lobbied county officials to lease the gym at the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base, said the commissioners' decision earlier this year to send out $150 tax rebate checks motivated her to run.

She criticized the commissioners for spending money to cut checks and mail the refunds.

The burden on taxpayers should be reduced as development brings in more revenue to the county, Gouff said. Senior citizens also should get breaks, she said.

According to Gouff, who works for her husband's construction business, the county should work with developers to pay for infrastructure needs. Out-of-town developers seeking to build large numbers of homes without contributing to the area should not get the go-ahead, she said.

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She said she wants the county to encourage farmers to keep their land, but she said she does not know how to do that.

"That's where I'm kind of open. We need to hear from them," she said.

Gouff has five children, ages 11 to 21.

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