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Health services fees increased

The Department of Health is raising fees Tuesday for environmental health services, including percolation testing, sewage disposal system installation and public swimming pool, and spa operating licenses.

The increased fees, approved by the County Council on May 29, reflect the Department of Health's direct costs attributable to issuing each type of permit or license, county officials said.

Effective Oct. 1, fees will increase for well construction permits, food service facility operating permits and reinspections, and for food service plan reviews.

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County gets $155,000 rebate

Anne Arundel County recently earned a nearly $155,000 rebate through its procurement card program, a 51 percent increase over last year, county officials announced last week.

The county's rebate from its contract with U.S. Bank was based on total annual spending, transaction size and processing time.

Total pCard spending for the period of May 1, 2007 through April 30, 2008 was $18,098,221 up 28 percent from last year. The average transaction amount was $287, up 21 percent, and the "client held days" (time to process the monthly invoice) was three days, down from last year's six.

The pCard program spending represented about 6 percent of the almost $300 million in purchasing activity in 2007.

"The county is responsibly using procurement cards as a fiscally efficient and cost-effective method for county agencies to secure small purchases," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "Through the successful facilitation of more than 65,000 transactions a year on the pCard, the county is realizing significant administrative cost savings in addition to increasing the annual rebate."

Procurement cards, he said, also save time and labor required to procure small-dollar value goods and services, and enable vendors to be paid promptly.

Transactions are reviewed on a monthly basis, and all spending is approved through each agency. Random audits are regularly conducted to ensure cardholders are adhering to policy and procedures and are spending responsibly.

Commission installs officers

The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women installed new officers earlier this month.

The 2008-2009 slate is:

* Chairwoman: Jeanne Cooper of Laurel

* Vice chairwoman: Ruth Tillett of Annapolis

* Finance Officer: Claire Louder of Crofton

* Secretary: Janis Harvey of Hanover

* Member-at-large: Phyllis Marshall of Edgewater

* Member-at-large: Kathy Higdon of Annapolis

The commission is made up of 16 women appointed by the county executive to serve a two-year term. They serve as a resource and advocacy group for women of the county and advise the county executive on issues of significance to women. They are currently examining the areas of health, economics, public safety and education.

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