Carroll Digest


January 31, 2003

Commissioners vote to reject revisions to facilities law

The Carroll commissioners voted yesterday against changes they had discussed that would have subjected single-home developments and subdivisions of three homes or smaller to the county's adequate-facilities laws.

The commissioners had said they would reject the discussed changes at a public hearing Jan. 15, during which numerous farmers said they would lose land value if the law were altered.

The commissioners originally said they wanted all county properties counted under adequate-facilities laws so they could get a more accurate sense of how much growth Carroll is facing. But after the outcry from farmers, they said they would devise another way to count the properties.

"We just want the numbers," Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. said yesterday. "We don't want to do anything to the farmers."

State road funding cuts may cost towns $700,000

Carroll County's municipalities could lose nearly $700,000 to maintain state highways if the proposed state budget passes without change, according to an analysis released by the Maryland Municipal League yesterday.

Westminster would bear the greatest loss, nearly $265,000, which town officials said could indirectly affect the city's road construction projects. Thomas B. Beyard, director of the planning and public works department, couldn't pinpoint which roads would be affected.

For the current budget year, Westminster received about $800,000 in highway money from the state. The city's biggest expenditure is on street projects, about $4 million of its $22 million budget. Mount Airy could lose about $112,000; Taneytown about $83,000; Hampstead about $69,000; Manchester and Sykesville about $60,000 each; and New Windsor and Union Bridge about $24,000 each.

The state plans to cut $102.4 million in highway maintenance aid to local governments.

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