Harford delegates table plan to create special taxing districts

February 26, 2003|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

Harford County representatives to the House of Delegates have placed a plan by County Executive James M. Harkins to create special taxing districts on its summer-study agenda, effectively killing the bill for this General Assembly session, officials confirmed yesterday.

Del. Barry Glassman, a Republican who is delegation chairman, said yesterday that he sent a letter to Harkins late last week notifying him of the delegates' decision.

"There were just so many unanswered questions," Glassman said. "It's something that needs to be thought through for more than a couple of weeks."

Harkins administration officials did not return phone calls seeking comment on the issue.

Under Harkins' plan, the special taxing districts would be created in developing areas -- including Perryman, where roads are ill-equipped to handle more traffic -- and the county would issue bonds to pay for development of infrastructure. New residents coming into the area would repay the debt through tax assessments.

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