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City Council targets incentives for bulk tax-sale purchases

The Baltimore City Council has given preliminary approval to a bill that would cut interest paid on tax-delinquent properties from 24 percent to 18 percent.

The council voted late Thursday to trim the rate to reduce the incentive to companies outside the city buying tax-delinquent properties in bulk. The city allows investors to pay the delinquent taxes in return for being able to seek a higher-than-average interest rate on the money in return.

Four of the council's 19 members opposed the measure, including all three 5th District representatives: Councilwomen Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, Helen L. Holton and Stephanie C. Rawlings, and 4th District Councilwoman Agnes B. Welch.

Wrestler to present PAL with $4,000 to buy books

World championship wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and Scholastic Books will present $4,000 to the Baltimore Police Athletic League at a ceremony today.

Page, who experienced reading difficulties as a child, will discuss the importance of reading during the presentation, which begins at 1 p.m. at Webster-Kendrick PAL Center, 4130 Callaway Ave.

The donation will help the league purchase books and educational materials.

20th Pause for the Pledge set today at Fort McHenry

The 20th annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance ceremony, sponsored by National Flag Day Foundation Inc., begins at 6 p.m. today at Fort McHenry.

The Flag Day program will feature a concert by the 229th Maryland National Guard Band, the Heart of Maryland Chorus, Maryland Sings and the Monumental City Ancient Fife & Drum Corps. Maryland Air National Guard A-10s will fly over Fort McHenry during the ceremony. The pause for the pledge takes place at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks display.

A morning flag-raising ceremony at 8 will begin the day at the Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. Information: Pat Perlake, 410-836-9295 or 410-420-0801.

Charity golf tournament to benefit PAL center

A charity golf tournament to raise money for O'Donnell Heights Baltimore Police Athletic League is scheduled for today at River Downs Golfers' Club, off Interstate 70 in Finksburg.

Proceeds from the third annual Charity Golf Tournament and Microbrew Fest will help make repairs and purchase computer equipment for children at the PAL Center at O'Donnell Heights.

Cost to enter the tournament is $125 for individuals and $500 for foursomes, and check-in begins at 11 a.m. A Maryland microbrew will be featured at every other hole. Information: 410-396-2086 or 410- 675-6297.

In Baltimore County

County to give residents recycling, trash schedules

TOWSON -- The county will begin distributing trash and recycling collection schedules in the next 21 months.

Packets will be hung on residents' front doors in white plastic bags imprinted with green Baltimore County logos. The packets will have information about how and why they should recycle, and refrigerator magnets that include collection schedules.

The schedules will be distributed in 18 areas. The first neighborhoods to receive the schedules will be in the Overlea, Parkville and Perry Hall communities. Information: 410-887-2000.

Board has questions on plan for synagogue, day care

TOWSON -- The county Board of Appeals will ask a county hearing officer to clarify two issues surrounding the Har Sinai congregation's plan to build a 62,500- square-foot synagogue, school and day care center on a former dump in Worthington Valley.

The board, which deliberated Friday, said it wants more information on the synagogue's storm water management plan and the number of children who will attend the day care center before agreeing to the plan.

Neighbors had asked the board to overturn the hearing officer's approval for the development at Walnut and Greenspring avenues, saying the project would harm the surrounding rural area.

Sacred Heart to celebrate parish school expansion

GLYNDON -- Sacred Heart Parish of Glyndon will hold groundbreaking ceremonies Sunday for expansion of its parish school. The $3.2 million project will add 10 classrooms, a computer facility, a library-media center, meeting rooms, a faculty room and storage space.

Construction is expected to be completed for the opening of school in September 2000. The school has an enrollment of about 700 in its elementary and middle school programs.

Pub Date: 6/14/99

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