County Executive Steve Schuh Holds First Cabinet Meeting
Sets Agenda for Anne Arundel County
Annapolis, MD (December 9, 2014) – County Executive Steve Schuh today gathered his cabinet and outlined an agenda to make the county the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland.
“The team we've put into place has just the mix of experience and fresh ideas needed to take our county to the next level,” said Schuh. “We’ll be working together every day to ensure we provide great services and effective government for our citizens.”
During the meeting, Schuh outlined his five point plan for a stronger Anne Arundel County:
- 3 Percent Property Tax Cut: Energizing economic growth and creating as many jobs as possible with a long term effort to reduce taxes and fees, starting with an immediate 3 percent cut in the property tax.
- Smaller Schools Initiative: Improving the quality of education by working with the school board to accelerate school construction and build smaller, neighborhood schools.
- Smarter Public Safety Investment: Enhancing public safety by increasing compensation and staffing levels in our police, fire, and corrections departments and sheriff’s office over the next several years
- Efficient Effective County Government: Reforming county government departments so that services are delivered promptly, cost-effectively and courteously.
- Plan for Cleaner Streams and Waterways: Creating a cleaner environment and healthier waterways by repairing failing storm pipes and other infrastructure, respecting the General Development Plan and the wishes of local communities.
Schuh also advocated for greater collaboration and increased communication between each department to better serve county citizens.
“We work best for the people when we work as a team,” said Schuh. “Government doesn't happen in a vacuum, and all departments need to work together to make government work smarter for our citizens.”
To achieve this goal, Schuh will implement a series of recommendations from a report authored by his citizen transition committees, chaired by Alan Friedman and James King. The transition report, due by January 31st, will address 24 separate subject matters, and will suggest reforms across the spectrum of county government.
County Executive Steve Schuh was sworn in as 9th Anne Arundel County Executive on December 1st.