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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring your business cards for networking
and to enter a chance to win $100 prize!
Food and Beverages will be provided
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!
BUSINESS Queen Anne's wants to
thank the following businesses for renewing their membership
Annie's Paramount Steak & Seafood House
Bay Carpets Flooring America
Billings & Murphy, DDS, PA
Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty
Davis, Moore, Shearon & Associates
Ewing & Associates
Freestate & Son Insurance/Avon Dixon, LLC
Harris Crab House
KRM Development Corporation
Love Point at Kent Island, LLC
Lundberg Builders, 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
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|
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.
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?
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.
Easton Walmart employs 225
Easton Target employs 160
Easton Lowes employs 200+/-
Would you like to stop communting out of County?
Wider choices and a variety of merchandise
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!!
BQA President Camille O'Donnell and Board Member Nick Deoudes manning the BQA booth at the fair!
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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