Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office Announces the Collection of Supplies for Bolt Bags for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Carroll County State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker announces that his Office, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the Carroll County Public Library, is collecting supplies for Bolt Bags to be provided to survivors of abuse who are leaving violent relationships and seeking safe, free, and supportive new futures. Bolt Bags contain a variety of necessities such as toiletries, first aid kits and hygiene products. Everything in the Bolt Bags helps survivors navigate the transition to a normal life free from violence.
Do property owners have the right to expect certain conditions regarding the noise, scenic vistas, traffic, etc when buying property in Carroll County’s nationally recognized Agricultural District?
Kristen Zihmer of Westminster filed her candidacy and announced today that she will be running for Carroll County Board of Education 2024. Click the link to the article in the comments to learn more!
The forthcoming school year in Carroll County Public Schools is set to see the introduction of a new “Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation” curriculum. The county has been rife with heated debates and mounting concerns among parents and teachers regarding gender ideology in schools.|The Family Life Advisory Council, the 31-member committee made up of 25 parents, students, educators, and health care professionals, is scheduled this week to assess the curriculum developed for grades 6 through 12.
Commissioners Rush Decision on $3,000 School Impact Fee for New Homes, Critics Question Revenue Potential
The urgency with which the impact fee decision was made and the absence of a comprehensive long-term plan for funding schools have sparked growing concern among residents and stakeholders. Many critics argue that a thorough study is not to be avoided; instead, it is necessary to understand how revenue from the impact fee can be maximized and whether it will be sufficient to address the county’s revenue shortfall.|The fee structure, ranging from $3,000 for single-family homes to $3,500 for townhomes, $1,125 for multi-family dwellings, and $1,500 for mobile homes, is predicted to generate marginal revenue, particularly with projections of new residential development declining due to inflation and interest rates.
“I applaud their participation in it. I think we need to participate in as much as we can in all events…Whether we were seeking voters, or seeking members for whatever, that’s great,” Kiler stated.|Addressing the perceived political bias in the county’s involvement with Pride and Trans events over others, Kiler expressed his observations, saying, “But I’ll be honest, the new shiny penny isn’t the only thing going on in Carroll County. I didn’t see any of these groups (government agencies) at any of the carnivals. Historically I don’t see any of these groups at the 4H Fair.”
Carroll County Commissioners voted 3-2 to allow Class 1 e-bikes on some county park trails. These e-bikes have an electric motor that activates while the rider pedals and stops when the bike reaches 20 mph. The approved trails include Gillis Falls Recreational Area, the undeveloped side of Piney Run Park, and Westminster’s Union Mills Reservoir Trails, Hashawha, and Speigel Hill.
Carroll County Faces Blunt Reality as Legalized Cannabis Leaves Taxpayers in a Hazy Financial Situation
July 1, 2023 marked a historic day for Maryland as the state embraced legalized recreational cannabis. With nearly 60% of county residents voting in favor of the constitutional amendment, Carroll County joined the green wave of change. However, as the smoke begins to clear, concerns over the financial implications for taxpayers have sparked.|The lion’s share of the revenue will flow directly into the coffers of the Maryland Cannabis Administration, the regulatory body responsible for enforcing state cannabis laws. Additionally, a newly formed entity called the “Office of Social Equity” will manage 35% of the revenue, directing funds towards communities that have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
Evidence Builds of Political Bias and Taxpayer Fund Misuse as Carroll County Resources Present at LGBTQ+ Events
Many taxpayers questioned whether having local government resources at a left-leaning event, which featured drag queen story hour and other sexually suggestive activities for children, demonstrated a gross misuse of public funds.|The Carroll County Board of Elections, now operated by a Democrat-majority board, held a booth at the Westminster Pride Festival to recruit voters from what is widely known as an event favorable to Democratic voters.
The Carroll County Public Library and Carroll County Youth Service Bureau also held booths alongside Planned Parenthood, Trans Maryland, PFLAG and the Democratic Central Committee, while Health Department employees were seen handing out water bottles to festival goers.