Letter to the Editor, Nov. 21, 2018

To the Editor:

It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve on the County Council for the past 12 years. It was a job I wanted to do for a long time.

Thanks to the voters for their support in all of my past campaigns. I hope I have made a difference to my constituents in District 4 by listening to their concerns and voting to reflect their wishes. Thank you to the council staff for their help and support and to the many members of the various agencies who were always willing to share their knowledge.

This was a difficult election in that many voters wanted change for a variety of reasons. I respect and accept their decision and wish well to all who won.

All the candidates ran to serve the county. Each council member serves a different district and each determines their positions based on the will of the district.

Knowing there had been an economic downturn and that many in Dorchester were struggling to pay bills, I incorporated fiscal conservatism and opposition to increasing taxes into my decisions about day-to-day operations and ongoing projects of concern to the general public. These matters included road issues, updating the comprehensive plan, operation and expansion of the landfill, replacement of North Dorchester High and Middle schools, and a community center in North Dorchester.

In all cases, it requires a majority vote by the council for anything to advance a project. This became an issue with the high school because I always felt strongly the Career and Technology Center should not have been built first. After losing that argument I felt that other options should have been sought to pay for it without a tax increase. Of course I am glad it is being done because it was desperately needed but I stood against raising taxes.

I was glad for the completion of North Dorchester Middle School as well as the continual activities for families offered by the Department of Recreation and Parks at Hurlock’s ball field and at our libraries.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the late Jane Baynard who was county manager when I took office. She taught me much about how county government works and helped guide me through some complicated issues.

It has been an honor to represent my district for three terms. I will miss being here and with the committees and boards I served on. I wish well to all who won office.

Rick Price
Dorchester County
Council, District 4

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