Crofton referendum on counselor position canceled

March 16, 1994

Crofton residents will not vote in a referendum on the community counselor position in May.

In a unanimous decision Monday, the Crofton Civic Association board voted to scrap the referendum, which was proposed in November. Town Manager Barbara K. Swann said the referendum was expected to cost $1,500 to $1,600.

The board also decided to ask County Attorney Judson P. Garrett Jr. for a legal opinion on how Crofton can amend its special tax district charter. That procedure may include some form of community petition drive.

In a Jan. 13 letter to County Councilwoman Victoria P. Clagett, D-West River, Mr. Garrett recommended that the association "seek substantive legislation expressly authorizing any improvement, program or service" it wants to provide, unless that authority has already been spelled out.

Some association board members have questioned whether the board exceeded its authority by paying for a $53,000 Human Services Department, which includes the community counselor program.

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