The Kittleman Day One Game Plan

The challenges facing Howard County families are real and require immediate action.

You can trust Allan Kittleman to bring people together and do right by Howard County because he's done it before and he will do it again. 

Here's the Kittleman Day One Game Plan for Howard County.

The Kittleman Day
One Game Plan

The challenges facing Howard County families are real and require immediate action.

You can trust Allan Kittleman to bring people together and do right by Howard County because he's done it before and he will do it again.

Here's the Kittleman Day One Plan for Howard County.

My focus is and always will be doing right by Howard County families. That means keeping undue influence and Washington-style politics out of the County's Exec's office. Howard County residents can trust me because I've done the job before.

- Allan Kittleman

Howard County is a great place to live

But in the last four years, we have seen our community go in the wrong direction: we’re more divided, more taxed, and more worried about our shared future.

Our streets and schools are less safe, and we’ve seen a politicization of our school system that has resulted in the removal of School Resource Officers (SROs) from HCPSS Middle Schools and our communities divided over a misguided plan that would see kids bussed further from their homes to level out system-wide test scores rather than address educational gaps.

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The Kittleman Day One Game Plan

Leadership is about setting priorities and directing action to solve problems that matter.

Starting on Day One, these are the priorities Allan Kittleman will focus his time and attention on as County Executive.

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A Stronger and Safer HCPSS

Allan Kittleman knows that there is no greater responsibility for a community than to provide its children with a quality education.
He’s committed to providing students and teachers the resources they need to be successful, creating an inclusive and secure learning environment, and ensuring that the school system is responsive to the concerns of parents.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will:

  • Reverse County Executive Ball’s policy of removing SROs, and authorize them back in our Middle Schools.
  • Work with HCPSS leadership to end the policy of giving greater weight to socioeconomic factors when redistricting, keep communities together, and focus on giving the students the support they need in their neighborhood schools
  • Advocate for parents to have a greater voice in the school system, and ensure all students have the resources they need to be successful
  • Pursue new approaches to school capacity issues, such as a P3 construction model
  • Fully fund Special Education

A More Effective County Police Department

Howard County public safety officers deserve a County Executive that has their back and provides cops on the street with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs.

Howard County is experiencing record levels of violent crime. In 2021, the county had the most homicides since 1984–the highest in history–and carjackings have more than doubled over the past 3 years.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will redirect the Howard County Police Department to refocus on community-based practices aimed to serve, protect, and foster stronger relationships with residents and businesses

The Kittleman Administration will also immediately order a review of available county-wide resources that could be used to address operational gaps, including crisis services and aviation support, and equip police on the street with the tools and the support they need better to effectively do their jobs.

A More Affordable Place to Live and Work

Howard County residents and businesses are facing challenging times. Inflation is at a 40-year high, making the cost of gas and groceries more expensive for all. County Executive Ball has made this worse by increasing the Fire Tax 34%, the Transfer Tax 25%, and the Trash Fee 48%.

In response, Allan Kittleman will roll back unnecessary taxes and fee increases raised by the current administration and deliver sweeping tax reform to all Howard County residents.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will prepare a budget that will put more than $70 million back into the pockets of hard-working Howard County families over the next four years. This plan will include cuts to the Fire Tax that will not hurt services, because currently there are significantly more revenues being collected than needed to operate our Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will immediately review and remove overburdensome regulations on our small businesses. Howard County should be a welcoming and encouraging place for small businesses which reduces costs for our residents, and unfortunately, that has not been the case over the past several years.

Efforts like County Executive Ball’s plastics ban have created an unlevel playing field and overburdened small businesses. Small businesses are struggling to meet these regulations, and even when they are able, it is significantly increasing their costs.

This patchwork of overburdensome regulations will be immediately addressed by the Kittleman Administration.

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Taking Care Of Seniors - Aging In Howard County

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will direct the Office of Aging and the Commission on Aging to begin plans that expand the Senior Tax Credit and the Aging in Place Tax Credits.

Our seniors are critical assets in our community assisting with volunteer support, and providing institutional knowledge. We should be working to provide seniors the opportunity to continue to live in their community–not taxing them out.

Curb Irresponsible Development & Deliver Community Revitalization

Howard County is a great place to live, but it's clear that development is outpacing the infrastructure needed to support it. We need to ensure responsible growth, improve areas that are in desperate need of support, and put Howard County on a path to remain a great place to live, work, and play.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will immediately restart the failed planning process under the Ball administration and bring the community to the table to reevaluate the future growth planned in HoCo By Design.

The community should have a stronger voice at the table in not only this discussion, but also in the review of the County’s development management tool–the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance–and that is what Allan Kittleman will do.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will set in motion a true revitalization of declining community assets, like the Long Reach Village Center. Allan Kittleman previously worked with the community to develop an innovative plan to create a vibrant, community hub that Long Reach has so long deserved. County Executive Ball let that plan fall apart, and now the County is currently losing $800k a year in simply maintaining the deteriorating village center.

On Day One, the Kittleman Administration will restore urgency to truly reinvigorate this village center and the community.

Howard County Comes First

You can trust that Allan Kittleman will take these steps with only one focus in mind–the community’s best interests.

That’s because during this campaign, Allan Kittleman has not taken a single cent from special interests, unlike his opponent, Calvin Ball.

Not only has Allan not taken any special interest money this election by participating in the Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund, but he is also committed to NOT taking it while in office either–making history as the first Howard County Executive not to do so. Allan Kittleman is committed to the community and will not be beholden to special interests.

Restore Trust in Howard County Government

Over the past few years, the Howard County Executive’s office has caused the community to lose trust in their government. County Executive Ball has been running his campaign out of his official office. He has had 4 campaign staffers, including his campaign manager, working in his office, while also being paid by the campaign.

To make matters worse, County Executive Ball tasked his campaign manager to review and respond to requests for public information. In this role, it was demonstrated in court that she illegally denied information requests, and there was also evidence she did so knowingly and willfully.

In addition to County Executive Ball’s unethical behavior, there have also been concerns about undue influence in our development process.

Howard County deserves better.

That is why on Day One, the Kittleman Administration will develop legislation to create an independent Office of Inspector General with oversight of Howard County Government. The Administration will also seek state authority to expand the Office’s oversight to include HCPSS and Howard Community College. This will give the community another advocate to ensure that no matter who is in charge, the community can trust that their institutions will be kept in check.

We need to restore the people’s trust in their government, and this is one step we can take immediately to put us on that path.

Howard County's Independent Leader

You can trust Allan Kittleman to stay true to these priorities and do what’s right for Howard County because he’s done it before.

Unlike too many elected officials, Allan is not focused on the next job or what the issue of the day is.

He’s 100% focused on solving problems facing Howard County families, and improving the place he and his family have grown up and continue to call home.

Howard County's Independent Leader

You can trust Allan Kittleman to stay true to these priorities and do what’s right for Howard County because he’s done it before.

Unlike too many elected officials, Allan is not focused on the next job or what the issue of the day is.

He’s 100% focused on solving problems facing Howard County families, and improving the place he and his family have grown up and continue to call home.

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