Delegation backs bill to promote firms' recycling

February 07, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Harford state legislators have agreed to push passage of a bill offering a financial incentive to companies that use more recycled goods.

In addition, the county's five state delegates said they would introduce legislation to the General Assembly allowing Harford's County Council to grant an agricultural tax credit to farmers who participate in a county land preservation program now being developed.

The recycling proposal, initiated by Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, would grant a tax credit for a firm's "personal property" -- equipment the company uses in transforming raw recycled material for use in its final product.

"This would allow a lot of flexibility for companies and would be a good economic development tool," said Del. Mary Louise Preis, D-District 34, the chairwoman of the five-member House delegation.

The legislation would enable the County Council to enact the personal property tax credit at a later date. The council would specify the amount of the credit.

Clorox Co., with a new plant in Perryman, is the only company within the county that could qualify for the credit because it is the only company that manufactures a product -- bleach bottles -- in which recyclables could be used. To qualify, the company would have to invest in equipment that turns raw recyclables into a usable form.

The agricultural tax credit bill calls for preserving farmland by offering farmers a tax incentive for not selling their land to developers.

The bill is similar to the state's agricultural land preservation program, which has been inactive due to a lack of money.

In other action Wednesday, the delegation unanimously voted to seek more than $1 million in state aid for projects including a $326,000 expansion of the county jail; a $750,000 renovation for a house for the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center; and $300,000 for an elevator for the Highland Commons community center.

The delegation also plans, for the second consecutive year, to introduce at the executive's request legislation that would prevent newly elected sheriffs from arbitrarily dismissing high-ranking employees on taking office.

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