Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

September 08, 2004

Commissioners receive surprise airport tax bill

The Carroll County commissioners received an unexpected tax bill, amounting to nearly $38,000.

Because the county's new corporate hangars at the Carroll County Regional Airport are leased to private companies, they are subject to county and state property taxes.

The bill is for fiscal year 2004. The county will pay the $4,276 state portion immediately. It will not pay the county portion, however, because no money was budgeted.

On a recommendation from Eugene C. Curfman, county comptroller, the commissioners exempted the airport for fiscal year 2005.

Drainage to be improved for Mount Airy subdivision

Carroll County will spend $48,946 to improve drainage in a subdivision near Mount Airy. The work will be added to pavement improvements under way in Valley Hill Farms.

County engineers have designed a system to collect storm water from Penn Hill Road and carry it to an existing drainage system on Walston Road. The new drain will reduce water flow and help prevent icing in winter.

In other business, the commissioners authorized $20,120 for a walk-in freezer-refrigerator at Hashawha Environmental Center near Westminster. The county had to replace the facility's 15-year-old refrigerator, which was failing.

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