Legislators plan amendment to aid unincorporated areas Measure would set up special tax districts

February 25, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

1/8 TC Carroll's legislative delegation will seek an amendment to enable the county to create special tax districts to help residents in unincorporated areas pay for infrastructure improvements.

The County Commissioners requested the legislation in response to a Lineboro group's concerns about failing septic systems and possible well pollution. The delegation agreed to the request, but would allow use of the tax districts only to pay for water and sewer improvements.

The districts would function much like homeowners' associations. The county would help finance improvements and assess a charge to each resident. Once the work is completed and the debt retired, the district would be discontinued.

The commissioners have said the special tax districts would address specific problems without adding to the overall county tax burden. Similar legislation is on the books in Garrett, Howard, Prince George's, Washington and Wicomico counties.

"We will be amending the law to include Carroll County," said Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale.

The Westminster Republican said the delegation had identified 23 areas that could fall into the same category as Lineboro, where a special tax district could help make needed improvements affordable to residents.

The draft of the amendment must pass both the House and Senate. Ms. Stocksdale said she did not expect any opposition.

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