Why do we need a Convention Center and Hotel

Frederick is Maryland’s second-largest city. We have a growing population, income per household, and interest from families that want to raise kids in a healthy environment. The lifeblood of commerce is foot traffic. To create foot traffic you need events. To host events you need a venue. I propose a Convention Center and Luxury Hotel.

Our Police Department is underfunded by 23%

Cities between the population of 50,000 to 100,000 pay a national average of $349 per citizen. Our police department pays $290. Our officers salaries are some of the lowest with comparable departments. Our budget is at it’s limit. The result of low salaries has resulted in increased crime. Burglary is up 200%, aggravated assault 90% and rape 33% from April 2020 to April 2021.