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Councilman Marks wants “eradication” of property rights

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Your property rights are still not safe in Baltimore County.

County council members in both parties are still scheming to infringe upon your private property rights.

Their latest assault, Bill 8-17, is designed to expand the power of building permits to force you to hire a rat inspection service every time you want to fully or partially remove ANY structure on your property…

…this even includes small outbuildings and structures like a small storage shed, workshop, deck, jungle gym, snowball stand, garage, chicken coop, or even a birdhouse or doghouse!

Even a “Little Free Library” could become caught up in this ridiculous permitting scheme. Cities across the country are shutting down these tax-free community resources because of heavy-handed permitting authority like we have in Baltimore County.

Although rat infestation is a legitimate nuisance in certain areas, you would still have to comply with this mandate even if rats are not a nuisance in your neighborhood.

Should rat problems in specific areas become an excuse to impose this mandate everywhere else?

Should you be forced to hire a rat inspector even when no citizen or code enforcement official has ever made a complaint about rats on your property?

Councilman David Marks and the other sponsors of Bill 8-17 think so.

At best, they are blindly inconsiderate of your property rights, or, at worst, they are intentionally undermining them.

Property rights banner Bill 8-17 petition

Tell your councilperson to withdraw Bill 8-17, the rat inspection mandate.  Our representatives should not be imposing this unnecessary burden on property owners, especially if there are no recent complaints of rats on the property.

DISTRICT 1 – Tom Quirk – 410-887-3386

DISTRICT 2 – Vicki Almond – 410-887-3385

DISTRICT 3 – Wade Kach – 410-887-3387

DISTRICT 4 – Julian Jones – 410-887-3389

DISTRICT 5 – David Marks – 410-887-3384

DISTRICT 6 – Cathy Bevins – 410-887-3388

DISTRICT 7 – Todd Crandell – 410-887-3383

Please call soon. A vote on Bill 8-17 is scheduled for Monday, March 6th at 6 pm.

Here’s the key bill language (CAPS indicates added language, [brackets] indicate removed language, and normal text is existing law):

  • 35-2-306. Rat Eradication Measures.

 (b) Required statement

            (1) A person who desires to demolish, raze, move, or remove a building, in whole or in part, shall submit with the application for a permit to do so a statement OF A CERTIFIED PEST CONTROL TECHNICIAN FROM A LICENSED PEST CONTROL FIRM that [the person has taken] APPROPRIATE rat eradication measures HAVE BEEN TAKEN and that the premises are rat-free.

It’s just like the politicians who used Obamacare to force you to buy a product from a private insurance company, or else pay fines.

Council members Marks, Bevins, Crandell, Almond, and Quirk sponsored Bill 8-17 to force you to buy rat inspection and eradication services from a private pest control company.

It’s bad enough that you must get a government permit to peacefully alter your property.

Under Bill 8-17, you can’t even get a permit to remove any structure unless you first buy services from the pest control industry.

So, how do Councilman Marks and the others want to hurt you if you don’t comply with Bill 8-17?

§ 35-2-304. – PENALTY FOR ACTION WITHOUT A PERMIT.

(b) Prohibition; penalty.

(1) A person may not erect, construct, repair, alter, remodel, remove, or demolish a building or structure or part of a building or structure in the county without obtaining a permit.

(2) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(3) A person who violates this section is also subject to a civil penalty of $1,000.

Property rights banner Bill 8-17 petition

Stop Bill 8-17, the rat inspection mandate! Please call your councilperson before the vote on Monday evening.

DISTRICT 1 – Tom Quirk – 410-887-3386

DISTRICT 2 – Vicki Almond – 410-887-3385

DISTRICT 3 – Wade Kach – 410-887-3387

DISTRICT 4 – Julian Jones – 410-887-3389

DISTRICT 5 – David Marks – 410-887-3384

DISTRICT 6 – Cathy Bevins – 410-887-3388

DISTRICT 7 – Todd Crandell – 410-887-3383

If you think this bill only applies to major structures and major demolition projects on your property, think again.

County code gives a wide-open definition to “buildings” as follows:

  • 13-7-301. – DEFINITIONS.

(a) In general. In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

(b) Building.

(1) “Building” means a public or private and occupied or unoccupied structure or dwelling that is devoted to, designed for, or used for:

(i) Occupancy of any kind;

(ii) The transaction of business of any nature;

(iii) The rendering of professional services;

(iv) Amusement;

(v) The display, sale, or storage, of goods, wares, or merchandise; or

(vi) The performance of work or labor.

So basically, any structure imaginable falls under the scope of Bill 8-17.

You name it. If you remove it without permission and without getting a rat inspection as Bill 8-17 demands, then you’re risking misdemeanor charges and a $1000 fine.

Bill 8-17 is just another legal landmine in the massive minefield of oppressive regulations that puts peaceful property owners in constant danger of government abuse.

No wonder thousands of citizens can’t afford rent and demand tax-funded Section 8.

All the costly housing regulation makes it illegal for landlords to offer basic, low-cost shelter without all the mandatory bells & whistles, permitting costs, and other compliance costs.

Whatever happened to the maxim of “innocent until proven guilty?”

This basic principle of liberty and justice gets violated by every government permitting scheme in existence.

With permits, you are not free until an unelected bureaucrat says you are.

Don’t let county council take your rights away when they have no evidence that you’re harboring a rat nuisance.

Your property rights should not be violated, especially if nothing is proven against you.

If you agree, please make a quick phone call into your councilperson’s office and tell them to reject Bill 8-17.

DISTRICT 1 – Tom Quirk – 410-887-3386

DISTRICT 2 – Vicki Almond – 410-887-3385

DISTRICT 3 – Wade Kach – 410-887-3387

DISTRICT 4 – Julian Jones – 410-887-3389

DISTRICT 5 – David Marks – 410-887-3384

DISTRICT 6 – Cathy Bevins – 410-887-3388

DISTRICT 7 – Todd Crandell – 410-887-3383

Property rights banner Bill 8-17 petition

For Liberty,

Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Are you a property owner or someone who cares about property rights?

If so, I hope you’ll help spread the word about Bill 8-17, which is Councilman David Marks’ latest abuse on property owners in Baltimore County.

Bill 8-17 forces property owners to hire rat inspection services whenever they want to remove ANY structures on their property, or else face misdemeanor charges and $1000 in fines.

This rat inspection mandate will apply to property owners even if no neighbors or code enforcement personnel have any complaints or evidence of rats on the property.

Don’t let county council steal your property rights and impose mandates on you for no reason.

Property rights banner Bill 8-17 petition

Please forward this email to friends around the county and contact your councilperson to oppose Bill 8-17 before the vote on this Monday evening.

DISTRICT 1 – Tom Quirk – 410-887-3386

DISTRICT 2 – Vicki Almond – 410-887-3385

DISTRICT 3 – Wade Kach – 410-887-3387

DISTRICT 4 – Julian Jones – 410-887-3389

DISTRICT 5 – David Marks – 410-887-3384

DISTRICT 6 – Cathy Bevins – 410-887-3388

DISTRICT 7 – Todd Crandell – 410-887-3383