Parking tax increase rejected

Arundel Digest

officials to reconsider...

October 06, 2002

Parking tax increase rejected; officials to reconsider plan

A proposal by Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens to increase the parking tax for garages and parking lots has been thrown out as a result of complaints by area business officials, a county spokeswoman said Friday.

Owens, a Democrat from Millersville who is running for re-election, said that she would convene a group of government officials and business leaders to meet and report back to her on a parking tax that would be more agreeable to local businesses.

Owens had proposed raising the tax per vehicle from 60 cents to $1, effective Jan. 1. The increased tax would have generated an additional $1.8 million for the county.

Alvin C. Collins appointed human services officer

Gov. Parris N. Glendening's former chief of staff, Alvin C. Collins, has been appointed human services officer for Anne Arundel County. Collins will start the job, which pays $105,000 annually, Oct. 15.

As chief of staff, Collins was responsible for managing the daily operations of state government and implementing the governor's policies and programs. In Anne Arundel County, he will provide management oversight for the departments of Aging, Recreation and Parks, Health and Social Services. He also will administer grants to local nonprofit agencies and community organizations.

Collins fills the position left vacant by Susan Kleinberg, who resigned in March after making an erroneous statement about a University of Maryland football player during a Pioneer City community meeting.

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