Gullo backs bill to ease municipal incorporation

March 03, 1998

New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. testified in Annapolis last week in support of a bill that would make it easier for areas such as Eldersburg to incorporate.

Gullo, president of the Maryland Mayors Association, has met with a fledgling South Carroll group that is trying to incorporate a town in the county's most populous area.

The bill, part of the 1998 legislative package sponsored by the Maryland Municipal League, would streamline the process and make incorporation easier.

"The process needs to have more clarity and the impediments to cooperation between counties and towns need to be minimized," Gullo said.

Proponents would have 18 months to collect signatures on an incorporation petition. The issue would then go to referendum.

The bill calls for a cooperative effort and a free exchange of information between proposed towns and counties.

No one spoke against the bill, which has moved to the Senate for hearings, Gullo said.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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