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August 2012

YEARLY BQA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 

 

The yearly BQA Membership Meeting is set for

 

Thursday, August 30th.

at the Hemingways Restaurant

from 6 to 8 PM

 

Congressman Harris will be joining us again this year!

 

 

 

No charge to attend but space is limited

so RSVP to administrator@businessqueenannes.com

 

Please bring your business cards for networking

and to enter a chance to win $100 prize!

 

Food and Beverages will be provided

(Cash Bar)

 

AMENDMENT 12-11 TABLED

 

In July, the Queen Anne's County Commissioners voted to table County Ordinance 12-11 sponsored by BQA, a "Big Box" text amendment, until after November's election.

 

  

The "Big Box" referendum still on the ballot in November concerns County Ordinance 11-06 which County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve back in August. That ordinance would eliminate existing 65,000-square-foot gross floor area limitations on properties zoned Suburban Commercial.

 

The tabled text amendment, would eliminate restrictions on gross floor area, but in Urban Commercial and Town Center zoning districts.

 

Stay tuned...the Big Box issue is still very important to BQA and will be addressed before, during and perhaps after the elections in November!

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR RENEWING!
BUSINESS Queen Anne's wants to
thank the following businesses for renewing their membership
for 2012-2013!!

 

Annie's Paramount Steak & Seafood House

ASTECH Security

Bay Carpets Flooring America

Billings & Murphy, DDS, PA

CNB

Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty

Davis, Moore, Shearon & Associates

Ewing & Associates

Freestate & Son Insurance/Avon Dixon, LLC

Gene McGuire

Harris Crab House

Kelly Distributors

KRM Development Corporation

Love Point at Kent Island, LLC

Lundberg Builders, Inc.

McCrone, Inc.

Piney Narrows Yacht Haven

Power Communications, LLC

QAC Sheriff's Office

Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau, Inc.

R & D Electric

Richard C. Graves, CPA LLC

Shore Health System

Shore Lumber & Millwork

ShoreScan

Stevens, Palmer & Poltrack, LLC

 

We appreciate their support for the BQA Mission: 

 

The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.

 

 
BUSINESS Queen Anne's
A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government 
 

 

SPECIAL COMMISSIONERS MEETING SET

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The County has announced a special

Queen Anne's County Commission

Meeting for August 13!

 

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners are holding a special meeting on the topic of How to Move the County Forward given projected budget deficits for the foreseeable future. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at 6 p.m. Monday, August 13. 

 


 This year the state began moving the cost of teachers' pensions onto the counties, and the percentage the counties will pay increases over three years until 100 percent of that burden is at the county level. The result of that and other rising expenses and decreased property and income tax revenues leaves Queen Anne's County with projected budget deficits of $2.47 million for FY14; $7 million for FY 15, and $10.6 million for FY16.

 

"Based on our current projected deficits, the commissioners feel compelled to investigate every avenue for increasing revenue before discussing the possibility of raising taxes," said County Administrator Gregg Todd.  "Increasing the property tax base is an effective means of increasing revenue but it's important to keep in mind that certain types of growth are more cost effective than others.  That is what the commissioners hope to glean from these meetings; how best to enhance the tax base while still maintaining the quality of life that our citizens expect and deserve."

Monday's meeting will begin with commissioners setting goals on how future commission meetings will address the problem going forward. Then Budget and Finance Director Jonathon Seeman will give an overview of county revenue sources, potential new revenue per property tax section such as commercial and residential, and look at both revenue and expenses that are associated with growth.


Planning and Zoning Director Steven Cohoon will give an overview of areas where growth is permitted and state legislation that effects growth. He also will review the process and challenges of changing growth areas. 



BQA AT THE COUNTY FAIR

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

(The BIG BOX we need)

 

 

BUSINESS Queen Anne's had a booth at the fair this year that focused on the "Big Box" referendum. Many people were intrigued by the "WHAT'S IN THE BOX" display and readily filled out the form to win $100. So...what's in the box?

 

TAX REVENUES

Easton Walmart - if in QAC, would pay $162,061

Easton Target - if in QAC, would pay $113,240

Easton Lowes - if in QAC, would pay $158,461

 

Big Boxes demand little in the way of Public services and put zero kids in school.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Easton Walmart employs 225

Easton Target employs 160

Easton Lowes employs 200+/-

 

Would you like to stop communting out of County?

 

BETTER SELECTIONS

Wider choices and a variety of merchandise

 

BETTER PRICES

Save BIG $ at Big Boxes

Save gas when you shop local and not 25-40 miles away!

 

A referendum question will be on the November Ballot.

 

BE SURE TO VOTE TO ALLOW BIG BOXES!!

 

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BQA President Camille O'Donnell and Board Member Nick Deoudes manning the BQA booth at the fair!

In This Issue
Text Amendment Support
Welcome New Board Member
Harris Town Hall Meeting
Member News

 

Your BQA Board!

  

Camille O'Donnell, President

O'Donnell Properties

443-786-0200

odp1@atlanticbb.net

 

Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty

410-643-5005

mareenwaterman@mris.com

 

Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.

410-827-5441

ndeoudes@atlanticbb.net

 

Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America

410-820-7288

mdahle@baycarpets.com

 

Karen Oertel

Harris Crab House

410-827-8104

koertel@atlanticbbn.net

  

Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.

410-643-4886

 improve@atlanticbb.net

 

Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina

410-827-8888

bobwilson@mearspoint.com

 

Al Helfenbein

Helfenbein Insurance Agency

410-643-2291

al@helfenbein.com

 

Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power

410-758-4127

cheryl.russell@delmarva.com

  

Barry Griffith

Lane Engineering

410-758-2095

bgriffith@leinc.com

 

Steve Donovan

Title One & Associates, Inc.

410-758-1831

smd@annapolis.net

 

Colby Garrett 

CM Garrett, Inc.  

410-643-8686    

colby@cmgarrett.com

  

George O'Donnell

ASTECH SECURITY

410-490-7400 

george@astechsecurity.com

 

Sandra Early 

Administrator  

410-643-6288  

sandra.early@verizon.net

   

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 BQA Membership
New Investment Rate!

  

Business Queen Anne's is now offering a special rate for new members!

 

Only $99

per year for three years!

 

Click the link below
to download an application!

   

 
Current Members...
You should have received your yearly Membership Dues Invoice by now...if not please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early!
 
 

 

Mark Your Calendar...

 

County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
  
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617

 

SPECIAL COMMISSIONER'S MEETING

Monday, August 13th

6 PM Commissioners Meeting Room to discuss the projected budget deficits!

 

 

BQA MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Thursday, August 30th

Bay Bridge Marina/Hemingways

6 to 8 PM

  

 

 
  

 

 

 

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