Applause and jeers were heard as people strongly expressed their opposing opinions for and against a proposed ordinance designating English as the official language of Carroll County.
Dozens of men and women of different colors and from different backgrounds crowded into the meeting room in the downstairs of the Carroll County Office Building on Tuesday to debate the proposed ordinance. About 50 people commented during the two-and-a-half hour public hearing, with the majority opposing the proposal.
Those who spoke against the proposal said it was divisive, pointless and unwelcoming to non-English speakers. Those who supported the proposal said it would protect the use of English in the county and would save the county money. The commissioners left the record open for 10 days, at which point they will vote on the proposed ordinance.