Three Things to Know About the School Surcharg…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:25 AM ON MON NOV 4 2019
The County Uses Understated Numbers to Estimate GrowthThe county’s budget has a deficit because county leaders are using …

How Come the County Council Can’t ‘Get The…

• HOW COME?   11:06 PM ON SUN NOV 3 2019
How come our Council can’t ‘get the math right’ on development impact fees (CB-42)?  Despite passionately pr…

Pardon me… is there a math teacher in the ro…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE OCT 29 2019
Pardon me… is there a math teacher in the room?Image from Baltimore Sun – Howard County Times Article  October 29 21…

"believes people care a lot"

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU OCT 24 2019
“believes people care a lot” The Howard County Charter Review Committee “Or,is this an issue of people being busy and may n…

Howard County Council Legislative Record Track…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:43 PM ON MON OCT 7 2019
These are the pieces of legislation introduced in September, which the County Council will potentially vote on October 7, 2…

A Contrasting Approach to Progress Over Perfec…

• HOW COME?   4:39 PM ON MON OCT 7 2019
Continuing the thoughts of yesterday’s blog I’ll be contrasting CB-38-2019– designed to protect lives in the Pata…

This video could be posted tomorrow… but why…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON OCT 7 2019
This video could be posted tomorrow… but why delay? If you are wondering what is going on with the status of school surc…

How Come ‘The Perfect’ Is So Often the Ene…

• HOW COME?   8:35 PM ON SUN OCT 6 2019
After a long silence, I’d like to share the following advice to our County Council: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy …

The Circle of Influence Hurting Affordable Hou…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:34 AM ON FRI SEP 27 2019
Most community activists and elected officials get their start in politics at any level of government to address an issue a…

Really?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE SEP 24 2019
Really?“Passage of this bill could wipe out retirees who have all their savings in their homes that they wish to develop…

The "other" solution…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI SEP 20 2019
 The “Other” Solution…. Sooner or later, somebody was bound to take a stab at calculating school surcharges. Th…

On Segregation, it’s the County Council and …

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   10:42 AM ON TUE SEP 17 2019
Approximately one week before the Howard County Superintendent would present his much-anticipated redistricting proposal to…

CB42 School Surcharge Fees | Testify or Send E…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:18 PM ON SUN SEP 15 2019
Dear Howard County Resident and Taxpayer:We are almost there. The County Council will hear testimony on CB42. The bill rais…

Time to circle the wagons. (again)

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI SEP 6 2019
Time to circle the wagons. (again) Early this week the PTA Council delegates for 74 schools in Howard County voted str…

Howard County Council Submits Legislation To A…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON AUG 26 2019
Howard County Council Submits Legislation To Adjust School Surcharge Fees Adequate Public Facilities Ordinances to accommod…

How Howard County Developers and Politicians P…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:37 AM ON MON AUG 12 2019
“[N]ew residential development not only “pays its own way”, it also subsidizes existing residential units in the Coun…

Center Maryland, MBIA and Howard County Democr…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   3:42 PM ON FRI AUG 9 2019

In 2004 the MBIA funded a study conducted by Anirba…


Howard County Council Legislative Record Track…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:29 AM ON FRI AUG 2 2019
The County Council is in recess for the month of August. Before it left for recess, the County Council voted on a whole hos…

Are you a lobbyist?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI AUG 2 2019
Are you a lobbyist?Chances are, you are not a registered lobbyist. Yet a disproportionate amount of HOCO APFO readers are i…

Denouement and Conclusion: Retiring Spartan C…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:03 AM ON MON JUL 8 2019
Welcome to my “empire of dirt.”  After 336 posts since 2014, including some guest op-eds, I believe now is the rig…

Single-Member Districts: Why I Support Them

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   4:59 PM ON SUN JUL 7 2019
Note: This is a Guest Op-Ed, penned by Richard DeShay Elliott.  The opinions expressed are his own. Enjoy! S…

The Question of Legitimacy

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:19 AM ON SUN JUN 30 2019
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter recently opined that Donald Trump was not legitimately elected to the office he currentl…

Keeping the lights on…..

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI JUN 28 2019
Keeping the lights on…..Earlier this week the county council held it’s meeting with the school board on two of the hotte…

Right under your nose.

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JUN 17 2019
Right under your nose. Tonight the council will have public testimony on CR-98-2019…” Housing Allocations”, or in plain…

New Baltimore County developer fees aim to cov…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 11 2019
New Baltimore County developer fees aim to cover cost of schools, roads. But the revenue is likely years away. (Baltimore S…

"Curbing overcrowding"……

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 4 2019
“Curbing overcrowding”……See – Baltimore Sun – Howard lawmakers review measure aiming to curb overcrowding in schools &n…

"Densification"

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON MAY 27 2019
“Densification”In the days and weeks leading up the the first of two major floods in Ellicott City a small group of planne…

Spinal Tarp

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:17 PM ON FRI MAY 17 2019
Who is rarin’ for some Esoterica? Which, as you know, is the title of a long-forgotten 1987 release from Def Leppar…

Howard County Council proposes amendment to in…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU MAY 16 2019
Howard County Council proposes amendment to increase funding in school budget  (Link to Baltimore Sun Article) One thi…

The Race for Speaker

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:10 PM ON FRI APR 26 2019
Editor’s note: what follows is the First Guest Op-Ed in Spartan Considerations history…unless you count the pieces crafte…