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By Lorene Yue | April 11, 2004
Stock trading has become a commodity, which has forced brokerages to find new ways to make money. That means investors have to make sure they are not adding to their broker's bottom line while subtracting from their own. "The profit margins are razor thin," said Frank Fernandez, director of research for the Securities Industry Association. "We've had three years of revenue declines in the industry. Even though profits are up, it's all been through cost cutting." Stiff competition among brokerages led to a flurry of discount prices in recent years to snag your business.
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November 18, 2013
The failure of Baltimore's speed camera vendor to produce a functional system 11 months after it took over the lucrative contract to operate it should be a sign that it's time for the city to admit that its program had grown too big, too fast and needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Baltimore has every reason to pursue a cancellation of its contract with Anne Arundel County-based Brekford Corp., and if it succeeds, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake should set her sights on creating a much smaller, more modest speed camera system tightly tailored to the goal of the state law that authorized such devices in the first place: keeping kids safe as they walk to and from school.
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Eileen Ambrose | March 13, 2012
Consuming Interests usually doesn't cover health issues. But with area spas offering reduced prices later this month, we thought our readers would like to know. National Wellness Week runs March 19 to the 25 th . Spas around the country are offering to reduce their price by half or for a flat fee of $50. You can go online to find a participating spa near you. Among them: FBBC in Timonium; Vita Revive and Toscana Medispa, both in Baltimore; and Sole Zones Reflexology & Massage in Columbia.
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By Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 26, 2013
The Howard County Council formally approved Thursday night stormwater fees for residential and commercial properties, essentially rewriting a rate structure that was set just four months ago. The fees, mandated by state legislation approved last year, are being required of Maryland's nine largest counties and Baltimore City to pay for measures to help keep pollutants carried by stormwater runoff out of the Chesapeake Bay. In March, Howard's council...
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1999
Carroll County Farm Museum officials agreed yesterday to explore a proposal that would change the fees that festival vendors must pay to sell their wares at the popular tourist attraction, saving many businesses money.Under the proposal, vendors would pay a flat fee to reserve a sales booth at farm museum events. Nonprofit organizations are required to give the Westminster museum 10 percent of the money they raise. All other vendors must give 15 percent."I've talked with several vendors, and I think they would favor a flat fee," said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge, who suggested the change during yesterday's Farm Museum Advisory Board meeting.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
Apartment renters should be aware that rental properties in Howard County will be assessed for the stormwater management tax as commercial properties, which will be based on the measurement of impervious surfaces. Since it may be assumed that landlords will pass these fees on to tenants as rent increases, in may cases apartment dwellers may be paying more than the flat fee of $15 per year to be paid by condominium owners. Apartment renters are already at a disadvantage because they cannot deduct real estate taxes paid by owners from income taxes, so this is a further affront to renters.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2004
Dr. John H. Shaw, a retired Catonsville family practice physician who did not take insurance payments, just a modest flat fee for his services, died of an apparent heart attack March 26 at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, where he moved last year. He was 82. Born in South Hill, Va., he earned his pre-medical degree from Hampden-Sydney College and moved to Baltimore in 1943 to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After receiving his medical degree, he did his internship at what was then St. Agnes Hospital.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is suggesting lesser increases in boat registration than was proposed last month in the General Assembly. Under the department's amendment, registration every two years would cost: $25 for boats under 16 feet; $50 for boats under 21 feet; $75 for boats under 32 feet; $100 for boats under 45 feet; $200 for boats up to 65 feet; and $300 for boats more than 65 feet long. The new fee levels would start in 2013. Boat registration, regardless of vessel size, currently costs $24 every two years.
BUSINESS
By David Novich | February 15, 1998
AMERICA ONLINE INC., the world's largest Internet service, is raising its flat monthly fee 10 percent to $21.95 to keep pace with increased usage among its more than 11 million customers.AOL's monthly average for online time has soared by 44 percent since it began offering a flat rate at the end of 1996, and free monthly trials and unlimited access have increased the company's costs.While some feel that the move will mean price increases from other Internet providers, AT&T Corp., MCI Communications Corp.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 4, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in a setback for consumers, ruled unanimously yesterday that banks may legally charge a significant flat fee -- in addition to the usual interest -- to customers who fall behind in paying their credit-card accounts.month.Banks justify the late fees with the argument that they cover the added expense of monitoring late payments, and say the fees mean that they do not have to shift those costs -- in the form of higher interest rates -- to other customers who pay their bills on time.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
Apartment renters should be aware that rental properties in Howard County will be assessed for the stormwater management tax as commercial properties, which will be based on the measurement of impervious surfaces. Since it may be assumed that landlords will pass these fees on to tenants as rent increases, in may cases apartment dwellers may be paying more than the flat fee of $15 per year to be paid by condominium owners. Apartment renters are already at a disadvantage because they cannot deduct real estate taxes paid by owners from income taxes, so this is a further affront to renters.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Baltimore County business owners are criticizing the way the county has imposed its new stormwater management fee, saying officials miscalculated the amount of hard surface on their properties. The complaints came as a county official acknowledged that the technology used to measure properties cannot tell the difference between surfaces that are impervious and those that are not. The county used digitalized aerial photography from 2011 to measure building footprints and hard surfaces, said Vince Gardina, head of the county's Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Baltimore County homeowners would pay a fee between $18 and $36 a year for stormwater management under a plan to meet new state requirements designed to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Legislation to impose the fee was introduced Monday, with a County Council vote scheduled April 15. The fee structure, proposed by the administration of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, is an attempt to comply with a law the General Assembly passed last...
NEWS
January 8, 2013
The replacement of all of Baltimore's speed cameras and the police department's decision to beef up the review process for the tickets they generate are welcome signs that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration is taking seriously the need to correct problems with the system. Those steps hold the promise of eliminating many of the technical and human errors that have led to some motorists getting tickets they clearly did not deserve. But they do not eliminate the need for the General Assembly to enact reforms to the state's speed camera law to correct other flaws in how they are used in the city and other jurisdictions.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2013
Sometime this year, the BWI Marshall Airport fire and rescue department will begin billing people for ambulance rides to the hospital. The move, dictated by the General Assembly last year, follows a statewide trend to try to recover some emergency medical costs from insurance companies. Montgomery County, the state's most populous jurisdiction, began charging Jan. 1. "It's become pretty standard in the aviation industry and in EMS in general," said Paul Wiedefeld, the airport's executive director.
NEWS
April 17, 2012
The agreement with new managers for the Baltimore Grand Prix looked risky for city taxpayers when MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration signed it in February. With little visible progress since then on putting this year's race together, and with signs of dissent among the new race promoters, it now looks much worse. It's time for city officials to give up on the notion of holding another IndyCar race in Baltimore this year. Ticket sales for the 2011 Grand Prix began the previous December.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Baltimore County homeowners would pay a fee between $18 and $36 a year for stormwater management under a plan to meet new state requirements designed to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Legislation to impose the fee was introduced Monday, with a County Council vote scheduled April 15. The fee structure, proposed by the administration of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, is an attempt to comply with a law the General Assembly passed last...
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN REPORTER | October 12, 2007
A proposal by Anne Arundel's chief executive to create a fee to repair damaged waterways might be headed for legislative purgatory, with Republicans and Democrats alike arguing that it would overburden taxpayers, curb affordable housing and put new retail centers at a competitive disadvantage. "Right now, it's unclear if the SMART fund is even going to pass," County Councilman Josh Cohen, an Annapolis Democrat, said of the Stormwater Management and Restoration of Tributaries fund. An alternative has emerged, from Republican council Chairman Ronald C. Dillon Jr., who during election season last year opposed a broad-based storm-water restoration fee on all property owners.
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Eileen Ambrose | March 13, 2012
Consuming Interests usually doesn't cover health issues. But with area spas offering reduced prices later this month, we thought our readers would like to know. National Wellness Week runs March 19 to the 25 th . Spas around the country are offering to reduce their price by half or for a flat fee of $50. You can go online to find a participating spa near you. Among them: FBBC in Timonium; Vita Revive and Toscana Medispa, both in Baltimore; and Sole Zones Reflexology & Massage in Columbia.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is suggesting lesser increases in boat registration than was proposed last month in the General Assembly. Under the department's amendment, registration every two years would cost: $25 for boats under 16 feet; $50 for boats under 21 feet; $75 for boats under 32 feet; $100 for boats under 45 feet; $200 for boats up to 65 feet; and $300 for boats more than 65 feet long. The new fee levels would start in 2013. Boat registration, regardless of vessel size, currently costs $24 every two years.
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