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Bowers named to tax board

February 17, 2001

Bowers named to tax board



By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer


ANNAPOLIS - Former Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers has been appointed to a paid state government job, Gov. Parris Glendening announced Friday.

The Maryland Senate must confirm Bowers' appointment as administrator of the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board office based in Annapolis.

"It's an honor to have been recognized. It's kind of been one of those storybook finishes to a career," Bowers said.

With the appointment to the job, which pays between $53,000 and $78,000, Bowers can retire from Mack Trucks Inc. after 39 years as shipping department manager.

A graduate of Boonsboro High School, Bowers spent 23 years in the Maryland National Guard and 20 years as a Washington County Commissioner.

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Bowers said he felt honored when Glendening approached him about the job, overseeing the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board offices in each of the state's 23 counties and Baltimore City.

The boards hear all appeals of property tax assessment, the Home Owners' Tax Credit Program, the Renters' Tax Credit Program and the Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Program, according to the Maryland Manual.

As administrator, Bowers will coordinate the local boards, make rules and regulations and notify taxpayers of their right to appeal.

The office has an annual budget of about $800,000.

Bowers' appointment was delivered to the Senate on Friday in the governor's "Green Bag" of appointments. The annual tradition has its roots in 17th century England and has been a tradition in Maryland since 1951.

Glendening also announced the following local appointees:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Wayne E. Alter Jr., Hagerstown businessman, reappointed to the Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> R. Noel Brady, president of Andrew K. Coffman Funeral Home in Hagerstown, reappointed to the State Board of Morticians.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Marc M. Gamerman, chiropractor, appointed to the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Margaret E. Weston Hetzer, member of the Hagerstown Community College Foundation Board, appointed to the Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Donald L. Mellott, Williamsport dairy farmer, reappointed to the Washington County Board of License Commissioners.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> John Neal Mullican, painter and sculptor, reappointed to the Arts Council.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dominick J. Perini, owner of Perini Construction Inc., appointed to the Advisory Council on Prevailing Wage Rates.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Beverly B. Byron, former Congresswoman and chair of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy, reappointed to the Maryland Technology Development Corp. Board of Directors.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> John W. Derr, former state Senator for Frederick and Washington counties and agent with Frederick Underwriters Inc., appointed to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

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