Amendments to taxes proposed

Carroll County staff recently presented proposed amendments to Chapter 209 (Taxation) of the County Code to the commissioners.

The proposed amendments would provide a local supplement to the Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program for county residents 65 or older.

Criteria include that a homeowner's combined net worth may not exceed $500,000, combined annual income may not exceed $50,000, the assessed value of the home may not exceed $300,000, and net worth excludes qualified retirement plans.

The amendments establish the amount of the credit, provide for administration by the county comptroller and establish the application process.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Copies of the proposed draft amendment are available at or from the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Parks and Rec gears up for spring

The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks is gearing up for a busy spring season.

The county's athletic fields in parks and at schools will open for baseball, lacrosse, softball and soccer Wednesday, the official start of the spring sports season.

Piney Run Park opens in the middle of the night April 1, for the Early Bird Fishing Tournament. Anglers line up at midnight hoping to land the best spot on the lake when the tournament begins at 4 a.m. Competitors can try their luck until noon. Information: 410-386-2103.

Meeting planned to discuss oil spill

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gamber fire hall on the continuing MTBE oil spill investigation that occurred near Routes 91 and 32.

Representatives from the Health Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment will give an update on the oil spill investigation and answer questions from residents.

Information: 410-876-1884.

Commissioners set budget process

The Carroll County commissioners have announced new dates for their open budget development meetings.

"We have pushed the budget process back three weeks to give us more time to find out where we are on possible reductions," said Ted Zaleski, county director of management and budget. "We may be working with lower revenue projections."

Meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 300A at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, unless noted.

Recommended budget work sessions will be held March 30, 31 and April 3.

Meetings with county-funded agencies will be held April 4, 5, 6, 7; and at 6:45 p.m. April 4 in Room 003 for the Board of Education and Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

Proposed budget work sessions will be held April 10, 12 and 13.

A final public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2082.

Grant applications are due by March 22

The Carroll County Department of Planning has announced that March 22 is the deadline for Fiscal 2007 Maryland Heritage Area Authority project grant applications.

Noncapital Maryland Heritage Areas Authority project grants of up to $50,000 are available through the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area for planning, design, interpretation and programming.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions located within the heritage area, which includes parts of Frederick and Carroll counties.

Capital project grants of up to $100,000 are available only within Target Investment Zones, including Taneytown.

Information: 410-386-2145 or

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