Monthly Archives: August 2016

County Council votes hotel tax increase 4 to 3, endorses HDIP

Frederick County Council voted for the hotel tax increase 4 to 3 after about an hour of sharp disagreements among six councillors split on party lines. President Bud Otis said nothing during the debate except Aye when his name came … Continue reading

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County’s Hotel Development Incentive Program (HDIP) — NOTES

1. Confusion about how it works Helen Propheter’s staff report describes the HDIP as a ‘Rebate’ of up to 85% of hotel tax.” In this version of the program the hotel tax beyond 15% of that normally due would not … Continue reading

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Hotel boosters disparage critics

The hotel boosters go to extraordinary lengths to whitewash this boondoggle. Here we have the project’s archeologist  paid jointly by Plamondon and City taxpayers getting into a verbal brawl in social media, then falsely claiming he got her fired… all … Continue reading

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A scheme worthy of Chicago — business insiders given power to do tax rebate deals for favored hotels

Buried in the fine print of the county bill for a hike to 5 percent in the county hotel tax is a shoddy new hotel financing mechanism called a hotel development incentive program (HDIP.) This provides that up to 85% … Continue reading

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Email to County Executive & County President re HDIP

Jan, Bud: please for the sake of the County and for your own stakes stop being so stubborn about pressing ahead on the funding of the hotel with CB16-13 and the MOU Amendment. The hotel development incentive program is a … Continue reading

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The Parrot Roundup — ever wondered how the hotel boosters manage to marshall public commenters at City Hall

Ever wondered about the parade of speakers in favor of spending public money at City Hall or Winchester Hall when they’re pushing the downtown hotel with the Mayor & Board or County Council. Simple — Richard Griffin on City staff … Continue reading

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Is the County’s Hotel Development Incentive Program legal? Letter to AG Brian Frosh

Brian E Frosh Attorney General State of Maryland Sir, We are seriously concerned whether a Hotel Development Incentive Program (HDIP) proposed by Frederick County complies with state law, and respectfully request an opinion from you. This incentive program (HDIP) is one … Continue reading

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Griffin and hotel group walked into a huge fight with historic preservationists

(comment on Jane Weir in FoFC Marriott Watch page) Yes the FNP site has been the favorite site among the project’s supporters for a long time, certainly way before the RFP14J piece of theater was staged for the public. Richard … Continue reading

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Pete Plamondon Jr on the Birely Tannery

Wednesday after the Delaplaine Center event broke up I spoke with Pete Plamondon Jr for five minutes or so. I asked him what he’d do if as I expect the historic preservation regulators (MHT or HPC) rule against demolition of … Continue reading

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Plamondon proposal on demolition of historic buildings

Demolition of historic buildings is mentioned at two points in Plamondon’s official proposal dated May 9, 2014. An earlier post only quoted from one of the two mentions — We’ll quote the two mentions at length below.

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