Council OKs tax change, opts against school safety resolution

October 22, 2002|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

In the last meeting of their four-year term, Anne Arundel County Council members voted last night to alter a tax credit program for homeowners.

In other action, the council defeated a resolution introduced by Vice Chairman Daniel E. Klosterman Jr., a Democrat from Millersville, to establish a pre-emptive school safety program to better protect students and teachers from dangerous attacks.

Klosterman, who is running for re-election, introduced his plan last weekend.

Some council members criticized his timing, which parallels news reports of sniper attacks whose victims included a school-age child. They accused Klosterman of trying to drum up media coverage before the Nov. 5 general election.

However, several parents who attended the meeting at the Arundel Center in Annapolis fired back at the council, criticizing them for failing to heed Klosterman's warning that county children might not be as safe as some adults believe.

Klosterman, who was visibly upset by his colleagues' 3-3 vote on the resolution, left the council meeting immediately after adjournment and could not be reached for comment.

The council voted unanimously to set a 2 percent limit on the increase to eligible homeowners' taxable assessment in any given year, down from the current 4 percent limit.

The reduction will have no effect on the county's property tax revenue, as the difference will be made up through commercial and other homeowner tax income.

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