County and town officials to meet on economic issues Municipal services also to be discussed

September 10, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

County and town officials will meet today and tomorrow to talk about attracting industry to Carroll and about whether the county offers adequate services for its residents.

The county commissioners and mayors from Carroll's eight towns will meet at Carroll Community College for their third such gathering in three years.

About 80 people have signed up to attend the all-day meetings.

Today's sessions will focus on economic development.

County officials say they want to close the gap between the residential tax base, which has more than doubled in the past eight years, and the commercial/industrial tax base, which has grown about 50 percent in that period.

The county's goal is to increase its commercial/industrial tax base from 14 percent to 17 percent by the year 2000. The 3 percent increase would bring in $4.2 million more in taxes annually.

Today's program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Speakers include:

* Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works for the City of Westminster.

* Michael L. Burden, controller at Ridge Engineering Inc. in Hampstead and vice chairman of the county Economic Development Commission.

* Paul J. Danko, an associate at CB Commercial Real Estate Group Inc. in Baltimore.

* Walter L. Patton, a developer and broker with Kayne/Levin/Neilson/Bavar in Baltimore.

* Richard W. Story, former Carroll economic development director and now senior manager of business development for Atlantic Builders Group Inc. in Baltimore.

* John R. Sundergill, director of economic development for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Tomorrow's program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will focus on public schools, emergency services and protection of water supplies.

Speakers include:

* Joseph Beaver, president of Union National Bank.

* Scott Campbell, Carroll fire protection engineer and assistant chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations.

* Fritzie K. Hallock of the Legg Mason Realty Group's residential consulting service.

* Catherine Rappe, chief of Carroll's Bureau of Water Resource Management.

* Vernon Smith, director of school support services for the Carroll Board of Education.

For information about the conference, call 857-2972.

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