OC Tax Rate Comes With Consequences

OC Tax Rate Comes With Consequences

Unanimously, the Ocean City Mayor and Council approved a 50-percent increase in the per-day bus fare, starting next January. This was one of many decisions that allowed officials to retain the same property tax rate as last year.It was a huge deal the last time Ocean City raised its all-day bus fare, and this week’s… Read more »

Views On Recycling Move Understandable

Views On Recycling Move Understandable

Ocean City has touched a nerve with its move to turn away from its traditional recycling program in favor of a trendy waste-to-energy process.It’s been a long time since we can remember the level of outrage from the public over an issue in Ocean City. Citizen input is always important, and the backlash over last… Read more »

Strange Political Games Hurt Community

Strange Political Games Hurt Community

The third time was not the charm for Worcester’s fraternal slots bill, but luck had nothing to do with it. Political shenanigans doomed the bill, and it’s unclear exactly why it had to happen the way it did.House Bill 56 would have permitted Worcester-based service clubs the opportunity to offer slot machines to members and… Read more »

A Lame Threat By State Legislators

A Lame Threat By State Legislators

Legislators wisely decided this week leave intact state funding of the University of Maryland School of Law’s environmental clinic. Public funds to the tune of $500,000 or more were in jeopardy after some leading lawmakers criticized law students being used to file a Clean Water Act lawsuit against a local poultry farm and Perdue Farms,… Read more »

Views On The News

Although most people did not want to go on record with their comments, let it be known some folks in tourism around here were irked over the fact two Ocean City applications will soon be available for iPhone users. It was not so much the number of “apps” but the process that led to them… Read more »

County Has Opportunity To Let Light Shine

County Has Opportunity To Let Light Shine

Congratulations to County Commissioners Louise Gulyas and Virgil Shockley for doing the right thing this week. They were right to vote against a measure giving the commissioners further abilities to decide matters privately.Unfortunately, the majority of the commissioners outnumbered Gulyas and Shockley, and all the other folks who actually think government policy and operational decisions… Read more »

Tolerance On Guns, Booze Not Required

Tolerance On Guns, Booze Not Required

Ocean City is right to pursue a zero-tolerance approach to the issue of off-duty police officers carrying a gun and having a drink or two.The issue surfaced back in January as part of a number of General Orders that must meet the Mayor and Council’s approval. On most occasions, these rule changes sweep through City… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

Pension, Medical Plans Will Bankrupt CityEditor:(The following letter was addressed to the Ocean City Mayor and Council with a copy forwarded to this publication.)Ocean City’s public employee pension and retiree medical plans will bankrupt the city eventually unless you make changes soon. Last summer I was reading about the advice you were receiving from various consultants… Read more »