The new Frederick County Board of Commissioners was sworn in at 10 a.m. this morning at Frederick County Fairgrounds.
After the outgoing commissioners each gave speeches, the incoming commissioners each spoke. The President of the board of Commissioners, Blaine Young, gave a speech. “The Voters have Spoken”. The highlights of the commissioners’ future plans include cuts in the County’s expenditures and the pledge to put more money back into the hands of the tax payers.
Commissioner Billy Shreve spoke and his theme seemed to be “Businesses that Profit aren’t Evil”. More than 800 people showed up for the ceremony.
The first meeting of the new board was at 2 pm, it was open to the public with office tours afterward at Winchester Hall. Among the first items on the agenda were cost-cutting measures. What was a little surprising to me was the target of these measures… the commissioners themselves. They passed a motion to draft a proposal to exclude themselves from retirement benefits, which, after some discussion and explanation from the finance department chair, were an estimated $7,000 per year, per person, after 5 years of service.
The second measure was to cut the commissioner’s expense accounts. The amount was previously $2500 per year, and the cut was to $250 for the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends in June.
All in all, it looks as if the incoming commissioners are keeping their pledges to cut government spending, starting with themselves. Looks promising.