Ecker drops plan to raise some taxes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker said yesterday that he has backed off from asking the county's legislative delegation for authority to raise hotel and motel, telephone and energy taxes. Mr. Ecker said he decided not to pursue the plan after members of the delegation told him informally "they did not approve of it."

Mr. Ecker, a Republican in his first term, had planned to ask the General Assembly for the taxing authority to try to lower the property tax rate of $2.59 per $100 of assessed value. The taxes would have generated $3 million in additional revenue that could have trimmed 6 cents to 8 cents from the property tax rate. Mr. Ecker failed last year to win the delegation's support for a 5 percent hotel-motel tax.

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