Discussion of legislative proposals set for tonight

December 03, 2003

A transfer tax in Carroll County is among a list of legislative proposals to be discussed at a public hearing tonight in Westminster.

The county commissioners want the power to charge transfer taxes to homebuyers as a way to pay for a growth in services. They need the legislature's permission to do so, and a similar request failed last year.

Other requests include:

A proposal to allow the county greater power to recoup from developers the cost of road projects.

A proposal to change a state law to allow Carroll County fire departments to hold more fund-raising raffles.

A proposal to collect court-ordered abatement costs for zoning and permit violations as a special tax.

An amendment in the nuisance-abatement law in which weeds on agricultural land would not be considered a nuisance.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the public meeting room at the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St.

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