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Issues

Those who call St. Mary's County "home" are blessed to live in a truly amazing community.  Of course, there is always room for improvement. As County Commissioner, I will work diligently to make our community even better by focusing on the issues outlined below.

Taxes & Spending

• I support protecting homeowners from inflationary home sales prices increasing property tax assessments by further reducing the Homestead Tax Credit cap from 3% to 1.5% maximum annual increases.
• The St. Mary’s County 65-10 Senior Tax Credit requires an assessed home property valuation of less than $400,000. I support increasing the maximum valuation to $500,000 to prevent inflationary home sales prices from causing seniors and veterans losing their eligibility.
• When the county government has a large undedicated fund balance, I support adopting the Constant Yield Tax Rate to entirely negate additional revenue from property tax assessment increases.
• The role of the county government is to provide essential public services and facilities. I support crafting an annual county budget that differentiates between “essential” versus “non-essential” expenditures.


Public Health, Safety & General Welfare

• Public health. The county commissioners serve as the Board of Health. I support a comprehensive review of the responses to COVID-19, so the county is better prepared for future health emergencies.
• Public safety is primarily the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office. I support funding that concentrates proactive law enforcement on organized crime, e.g., gangs, drug trafficking, and crime prevention on offenders’ pre-release and community-based corrections programs.
• I support enhancing physical security in the county through building code security standards, e.g., Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
• Public education is the domain of the Board of Education. My funding priority will focus on literacy – the ability of all children to proficiently read and write at grade level – by the completion of the 3rd Grade. Nothing else is of greater importance.
• General welfare is protected and served through the provision of essential public services and facilities. Working with the county administrator, I will insist that these services are responsive to public needs and facilities are properly maintained.


Land Use & Economic Development

• The most effective means for the county government to protect the environment, including quality of life, is through effective land use management but with an emphasis on controlling sprawl.
• I support amending the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, It presently does not include Health Care, Police, and Solid Waste Disposal.
• I want to see the Lexington Park area attract economic development, and growth. This can be accomplished through encouraging new development while also incentivising the redevelopment of exsisting structures in the 4th District, and throughout the entire county. 
• The singular focus of the St, Mary’s County Department of Economic Development must be the Lexington Park area, especially the rejuvenation of St. Mary’s Square.
• Before the further expansion of MetCom’s water and sewer infrastructure, the focus must be on the renovation of the outdated system, and with minimal costs to its users.
• I strongly support the opening of the YMCA at the site near Great Mills High School.


Quality of Life

I beleive St. Mary’s County has a great quality of life with excellent employment opportunities for all its residents, but I also believe it can be better. One of my slogans is “MAKING SOMETHING GOOD EVEN BETTER” I further believe my passion and skillsets will be put to use making it happen. Working together we can make our County an even better place to live. 


Committee to Elect Scott Ostrow
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