Lapides offers Charles Village taxing plan STATE HOUSE REPORT

February 04, 1993|By Staff Report

Legislation introduced by Sen. Julian L. Lapides, D-Baltimore, to create a special taxing district in the city's Charles Village to pay for private security and sanitation services covers 15 more blocks in the neighborhood than does a companion bill in the House of Delegates.

That additional area -- generally bounded by Howard Street and Guilford Avenue between 26th and 29th streets -- was omitted from the bill introduced on the House side by Del. Kenneth Montague Jr., D-Baltimore, after stiff community opposition.

But Mr. Lapides said yesterday he would amend his bill to reduce the boundaries, in keeping with the wishes of the community.

The legislation would permit the city to slap a tax surcharge on both residential and commercial properties in South Charles Village to pay for services in the special district. The district as outlined in Mr. Montague's bill is the 32-block area generally bounded by Howard Street and Guilford Avenue between 20th and 26th streets.

Should the legislation became law, the Baltimore City Council would fix the formal boundaries and set out the powers of a quasi-public management authority by ordinance. The authority's financial plan and assessment rate then would be set and approved by the Board of Estimates.

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