Say YES to Ethics in Carroll County!

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Carroll is now the ONLY county in Maryland that has not passed an ethics ordinance that complies with a state law passed in 2010.  That's right- for eight years, voters in Carroll County have been denied access to financial information from our County Commissioners and candidates for the office.

What does the ethics ordinance mean to YOU?

A stronger ethics ordinance means you will have expanded financial information about candidates and County Commissioners.  We have a right to know about financial ties that could potentially cause a conflict of interest.  This information can help us to determine whether we think candidates are suitable for public office, and to hold Commissioners accountable for making decisions in the best interest of the county.  Citizens in every other Maryland county already have access to this information- Carroll County residents should too!

How did we get here?

In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly crossed political divides to unanimously pass an ethics law that required that all jurisdictions enact local ordinances by 2011 that are at least as strict as those required of state officials.  In 2014, the Maryland State Ethics Commission approved a draft ethics ordinance sent by the Board of County Commissioners but no further action was taken.  In 2018, the Board of County Commissioners finally rescheduled a Public Hearing on a newly revised ethics ordinance at VOCAL Carroll County's urging.

Current Draft Ethics Ordinance

Additional Information on Ethics Issue in Carroll County

What do we want?

Join VOCAL Carroll County in demanding that the Board of County Commissioners vote to pass an ethics ordinance that complies with the Maryland State Ethics Law.  And plan to attend a Public Hearing on the issue on February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Room 003 of the county office building at 225 N Center Street in Westminster. When community members raise their voices together, strongly and with respect, good things happen.  

Today: VOCAL Carroll County is counting on you

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