CENTREVILLE — Steve Kline was the first candidate to file for the October Centreville Town Council election, filing on June 2. A 10-year resident of Centreville, where he resides with his wife and two children, Kline said he is proud to be a seventh-generation Marylander.
“My platform is pretty simple,” said Kline, “I want to protect taxpayer dollars while improving the soundness of the town’s finances. Restoring the Enterprise Fund needs to be a major priority of the Town Council, seeing as how it serves as the town’s rainy day fund. Every time another critical infrastructure project comes up, we can’t look to the town’s tax- and ratepayers as piggy banks.”
Kline said he’d also like to take a hard look at the “seemingly unlimited authority the town has granted itself to raise utility bill rates virtually whenever it likes” and to also look at the investments the town has made in real property around town, to see if those properties are serving the best interests of the town now, and in the future.
With a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University, Kline has spent nearly 20 years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., crafting federal public policy focused on natural resources conservation.
He has also been active in the community, serving on the Queen Anne’s County Budget Task Force and as the current chairman of the Centreville Board of Zoning Appeals. He was also a member of Governor Larry Hogan’s transition team for the Department of Natural Resources.
Kline lists being an avid reader among his preferred leisure activities and also said he enjoys hunting and fishing.
“I will also commit to making sure that the membership of our town’s advisory boards and commissions reflect the kind of diversity that makes Centreville’s neighborhoods such a great place to live,” Kline said.