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Glendening signs local bills

April 09, 1997

By GUY FLETCHER

Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS - Washington County Board of Education members and the county sheriff will receive raises under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Glendening also signed a bill that will give the Washington County Agricultural Center until June 1, 1999, to raise $350,000 so it can receive a state grant of the same amount.

The sheriff's salary will increase from $42,500 to $55,000. The law will take effect Oct. 1, but the salary will not increase until after next year's elections.

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School board members' pay will increase from $3,600 to $4,800, and the school board president's pay will increase from $3,700 to $4,900. The law takes effect July 1, but raises won't kick in until the next term of office begins in 1998.

The local bills were just a few of the many bills Glendening signed into law Tuesday, the day after the General Assembly completed its annual 90-day session. Most notable was the signing of legislation that will cut the state's income tax by 10 percent over the next five years.

Also signed was a bill under which the state will spend $254 million on Baltimore City schools as part of court settlement. As part of the deal, Glendening agreed to spend an additional $33.4 million on school systems statewide next year, including $981,381 on Washington County schools and Hagerstown Junior College.

"It was a long session, but it was a very productive session," said Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr., D-Prince George's.

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, was pleased to see Glendening sign his bill that is aimed at making it easier for people to appeal tax cases in the state.

Currently, people have 30 days to get their appeals to the tax court in Baltimore. McKee said the problem is many people in the Hagerstown area will mail the appeal in time, but it might not be delivered until after the 30 days have passed.

His bill will allow an appeal to be heard as long as the letter is postmarked within the 30-day period. The law will take effect July 1.

"It's a fairness issue," McKee said.

Other local bills awaiting the governor's signature include:

  • Legislation to restore collective bargaining rights for county employees.
  • A $2.5 million partial bailout for Hagerstown's pension debt.
  • Establishment of a public-private agency that will oversee the redevelopment of Fort Ritchie when the Army base closes next year.
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