Authorities report drop in serious crimesELLICOTT CITY...

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February 22, 1993|By From Staff Reports

HOWARD COUNTY ELLICOTT CITY — Authorities report drop in serious crimes

ELLICOTT CITY -- Reports of serious crimes dropped 2.2 percent in Howard County last year compared with 1991, while police-brutality complaints plunged 77 percent, according to the Police Department's year-end crime report.

Serious crimes include murder, rape, robbery and felony assault.

County police investigated seven homicides in 1992, down from a record nine the year before.

Ecker hopes council OKs fire tax plan

ELLICOTT CITY

ELLICOTT CITY -- Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker hopes his staff will be able to persuade the County Council tonight to go ahead with his embattled fire tax proposal.

Mr. Ecker wants to substitute two fire districts -- one rural and one urban -- and two sets of fire taxes for the six fire districts and six sets of fire taxes the county has now.

A bill to accomplish that seemed doomed last week after a public hearing in which representatives of volunteer fire companies urged the council to defeat the measure.

Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass, a 1st District Democrat, said that at the very least, the idea should be put on hold for several months for further study.

Putting the plan on hold won't work, Mr. Ecker said, because the county will need new fire tax revenue in the fiscal year beginning July 1 to pay for a fire station at Route 216 and U.S. Route 29.

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