Council eases rule on gifts to county

December 06, 2005

THE MEASURE — The Baltimore County Council approved legislation last night to make it easier for the county government to accept small gifts such as a tree or a park bench.

The measure - which passed by a 6-0 vote with Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley absent - will allow the county to accept gifts valued at up to $5,000 without having to appear before the council for approval. The bill does not apply to monetary donations.

The county still will need council approval for gifts valued at more than $5,000, but will be able to accept smaller donations unless a council member requests a review within 14 days of being notified of the gifts.

At a work session last week, Councilman T. Bryan McIntire, a north county Republican, pointed out that voters rejected a similar bill in a 1998 referendum. But McIntire and county officials said they believe the bill failed because it was poorly worded, not because of its merits.

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