OCTOBER 4, 2017—Declaring that “County government should listen to our residents and respond to their real concerns,” Neil H. Greenberger today announced that he will seek one of the four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council in the 2018 County election.
Greenberger spent 20 years as a reporter and editor with The Washington Post before spending the last 19 years working in state and local government for the Maryland Board of Education, the City of Rockville and the Montgomery County Council. Now he wants to take that experience and support Montgomery residents and businesses as an elected official.
“Over the past decade, I have watched elected officials often pass laws and take positions that greatly impact the lives of County residents—but some of these actions were ones that our residents do not want or need,” said Greenberger. “I will be an elected official who listens to what really concerns people, and then I will use my energy and leadership to make things happen.”
One of the focal points of his attention will be to GUARANTEE that property taxes will not increase above the County Charter Limit (the rate of inflation) for at least four years. A provision in the County Charter—that was approved by County voters—requires any increase in property taxes above the Charter Limit to be approved by all nine council members. He said he will NEVER vote to approve a property tax increase during his four-year term.
“This County has a budget that is larger than the budget of six states. We ask our residents to contribute plenty in tax money, and those amounts will gradually increase because of inflation and increased property assessments,” said Greenberger. “But the County has not done a great job of efficiently spending the money it has—and it has not spent that money on more of the things residents want. I will work to make sure Montgomery County is the place in which people want to live and operate their businesses.”
In addition to holding the line on property taxes, Greenberger said he wants the County to review its tax on bags and to reexamine some of the elements of its speed camera program. He wants the County to provide stronger support for its school system, for the non-profit organizations that provide services for those in need, for its under-funded library system and for its arts organizations.
“We should never have a local road with a pothole and we should never have a snowed-in neighborhood that goes days without seeing a plow,” he said “Our County will continue to grow, but we need to grow with sense—creating new development supported by adequate parking, school space that does not automatically depend on portable classrooms, and roads to support that growth.
“We need a government that truly listens to what the residents want, not one that tells them what they need,” said Greenberger. “I will be an elected representative who listens—and delivers.”