Tax-cap, term-limit ballot wording OK'd Charter proposals await voters Nov. 3

September 10, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The County Council has approved language for two charter amendments that would cap property taxes and impose term limits on council members.

Wording for both measures, which will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot, was approved unanimously by the council at its meeting Tuesday night.

Under the proposed cap, property tax increases after July 3, 1993, would be limited to 4.5 percent over the previous year or the Consumer Price Index of the preceding January, whichever is less.

The movement to place the tax cap on the ballot was spearheaded by the Anne Arundel County Taxpayers Association, which collected more than 13,000 signatures.

A similar property tax cap was defeated in 1990.

The term-limitation amendment would limit council members to two four-year terms. If approved, the measure would force out of office three current council members: Maureen Lamb, D-Annapolis; Virginia P. Clagett, D-West River; and Chairman David G. Boschert, D-Crownsville.

In other business, Councilwoman Diane R. Evans, R-Arnold, introduced legislation that would place stringent restrictions on community associations building non-boating, recreational piers.

The bill would be subject piers to tougher environmental standards -- including the state Chesapeake Bay Critical Area regulations -- than a similar bill passed by the council last November.

After that bill passed, several waterfront associations protested, saying it would lead to an overabundance of piers on waterfront property in the county.

A bill was also introduced that would provide $25,000 for a pre-kindergarten program at Glendale Elementary School, enabling it to remain open for the coming school year.

Funding for the program was halted after the state cut $140,000 from the school district's budget in July.

The Board of Education decided to fund the program late last month by delaying the hiring of a deputy superintendent until Oct. 1.


xTC Tax cap measure, Question D: "To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to provide that from and after July 1, 1993, revenues derived from taxes on properties existing on the County property tax rolls at the commencement of the County fiscal year shall not increase, compared with the previous year, more than the Consumer Price Index percentage of change, or by 4.5%, whichever is the lesser."

Term limit measure, Question C: "To amend the Anne ArundeCounty Charter to provide that no person elected or appointed to the office of County Council member shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself in the office if he or she has served in the office for two full consecutive four-year terms (including consecutive terms served immediately before January 1, 1994)."

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