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WESTMINSTER — Charter board adopts limit on tax rate

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Charter Board approved a limit on the property tax rate at its meeting last week.


The board passed a provision that prohibits a county council from raising the property tax rate more than the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index for the Baltimore area.

The county last raised the rate for fiscal 1990, from $2.23 to $2.35. The county has maintained a $2.35 rate for three years.


A four-fifths vote of the council could override the tax rate limit.

The board is writing the document that would become Carroll government's constitution if approved by voters. The referendum is expected to be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The charter board will have a final public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Information: 857-2030.

AIDS support team eyes mission statement


WESTMINSTER -- Members of the AIDS Crisis Support Team met Wednesday to review a mission statement and plan events.

NTC Members want to "be one of the public voices of Carroll County, empowered to speak out and advocate on HIV/AIDS related issues," said the statement.


The team is planning an AIDS Awareness Day in December. The team will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Carroll Community College.

Town sewer plant needs to be upgraded


UNION BRIDGE -- Council members met Wednesday to discuss upgrades to the sewer plant with representatives of the Maryland Center for Environmental Training.

Fred Haifley, plant operator, presented a list of work which must be done immediately to meet state regulations.

Members will discuss purchase of a new $5,000 pump at Monday's 7 p.m. council session.


& Information: 775-2711.

Housing agency may get new office


WESTMINSTER -- The city's housing and community development office will get new, disabled-accessible quarters if the City Council approves a proposal to lease space in the Winchester Exchange.

The agenda for tomorrow's council meeting includes a proposal to lease 1,025 square feet on the first floor of the building at 15 E. Main St. If a majority approves, the two full-time and two part-time housing and community development staff members will move out of quarters in City Hall.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Westminster fire hall on East Main Street.



Information on the Westminster Church of the Brethren's pot luck supper with Union Street Methodist Church in the Aug. 19 issue was incorrect. The supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Union Street Methodist Church in Westminster.