Robin's Record

In 2006, the county budget increased 11%. In 2007, the county budget increased another 11%. In 2008, the county budget increased another 14%. Then in 2008, Robin collected the signatures and placed a charter amendment on the ballot to require a unanimous 9-member council vote to increase county property tax revenue more than the rate of inflation. Despite the opposition of EVERY elected official and the Washington Post, Robin's amendment passed with 200,000 votes!

As a result, property tax increases were stopped cold in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, saving the average homeowner $10,000+! Robin was honored at the National Conference of the National Taxpayers Union by VP Peter Sepp, who told the conference about Robin, "Your victory is a national record to pass a taxpayer protection measure at the local level against such difficult odds."

In 2016, he initiated and passed his Term Limits charter amendment limiting the County Executive and County Council to 3 consecutive 4-year terms in office. Every elected official and the Washington Post opposed his amendment which received 300,000 votes, 70% of the vote, and majorities of 253 of 257 precincts. As a result of passage of term limits, 5 elected officials were made ineligible to run for reelection in 2018 precipitating a crowded field of candidates, "like a huge dam burst" (Washington Post 2-28-18).