ELECTION DAY November 6, 2018

growthAdvocating for Responsible Growth and Economic Development

Recent census data reported that Frederick County had the largest percentage population increase among all Maryland’s 23 counties (and Baltimore City) — bringing our population to 252,000 in 2017. Housing permits in 2016 and 2017 — 1,800 each year — were the highest in county history since before the 2008 recession. Frederick County is growing quickly, and it will continue to do so in the future.

In her first term on the County Council, Jessica has voted to eliminate the future use of the School Mitigation Fee, which had caused a significant mismatch between new housing construction and the projected schools required to meet the needs of new residents. She has also strongly supported the vision-based approach of collaborative community planning embodied in the county’s Livable Frederick initiative.

During Jessica’s first term, Frederick County has earned a AAA bond rating from all three rating agencies — for the first time — saving taxpayers approximately $2 million every year in debt service. Over 4,200 new jobs have been added across nine industry sectors, lowering the unemployment rate to 3.1%.

To build a thriving community, people need to be able to afford to work here and live here. Jessica’s bill to provide incentives for the construction of affordable rental housing was passed by the County Council. One major developer has already committed to building affordable rentals instead of simply paying a fee-in-lieu, a practice which has resulted in less availability of affordable rental housing in Frederick County in the years leading up to the creation of the council. Her bill to increase the Moderately Priced Dwelling Units Fee-in-Lieu was also enacted by the County Council.

Jessica has voted to add an industrial and manufacturing tax credit and a small business tax credit to support both new and expanding businesses. She’s supported the establishment of ROOT in downtown Frederick — a unique collaboration of economic development, higher education, business and federal research partners, that will support local entrepreneurs working in IT, technology and innovation.

By the Authority of Friends of Jessica Fitzwater, Chelsea Kadish, Treasurer

   Friends of Jessica Fitzwater
   P.O. Box 661
   New Market, MD 21774