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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland r Tomorrow's Rain in p.m. see page 11. VOL Cl NO. 30 FEBRUARY 25 Cents GOOD DONTFORQET Anne Arundel General Hos- pital will present t free semi- An Update tor the at tonight in the hospital's Chesapeake Room. AREA A panel headed by Del. John Astle iivestigates state police helicopter safety. Page 35. CITYSCAPE We need SWAT teams for traffic Jams. Page 35. CHEFS CHOICE It wouldn't be an Italian festival without pizza. Page 13. NORTH COUNTY A land-use agreement is ex- pected to allow Marley Creek to be dredged. Page 8. BUSINESS Beware when signing health spa contracts. Page 44. THEATER is saucy dinner fare. Page 31. IN WASHINGTON An Impressionist exhibit sparkles with beauty. Page 33. YOU SAID IT Manned space flights should readers say. Page 30. STATE A bffl that would abolish separate voter registration systems for city elections drew broad support Page 4. NATION President Reagan is .calling for a and lasting emanci- from a welfare web trapping families into depen- An explosion in a Mississippi town kills eight people. Page 3. SEAHAWKS The South River High School girls' basketball team rallies to beat Southern. Page 33. SPORTS North Carolina edges Geor- gia Tech. Page 23. PEOPLE Entertainer Barbara Man- whose career was put on hold by injuries from a traffic accident and by the birth of .her said 1 Tuesday she will return to the stage Feb. 28 for her first con- cert in years. Miss Man- I drell said she wffl per- form with feflow country mu- sk singer Dolly Parton at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Miss Mandrell suffered a concussion and severe leg and ankle injuries in a two-car collision north of Nashville 1ML The drtor of the otber car was killed. last sht gave bfeta to tar fttrtf Ns- tbt news set LOTTERY Numbers tr Tares INDEX 4 44 pages. .44 9 H44 .11-14 ....11 ....11 Photo by Ktith Htnwy from Dennis and at their which cost them settlement fees. AT WHAT County home-buying fees among highest in U.S. StUtar'i Capital Staff WMl- er Debra Viadero today begins a toree-part series tint explores why borne settlement in Maryland are among the highest in the na- tion. By DEBRA VIADERO Bastoess Witter It took three lots of over- time and borrowed money for Re- becca and Dennis Everett to pay the settlement costs when they moved to a new home last month. was a Mrs. Everett recalled. The Everett family sold their three-bedroom home in Gambrills to move to a four-bedroom house less than two miles away. Between the sale of one home .and the purchase of thejf needed to scrape together closing fees front The Everetts were looking at a hurdle that faces countless Mary- land home buyers every year. Clos- ing or settlement costs here are among the highest in the nation some say the highest. And among Maryland Anne Arun- del County may share the same dubious distinction. To overcome that Dennis Everett worked overtime at his job as a linguist. Mrs. a free- lance took a second job. And they borrowed in the form CLOSING COSTS SHATTERING THE DREAM of a gift from their parents. we didn't have to be here for our jobs we wouldn't be in Mary- land Mrs. Everett said. The real estate industry fears that plenty of Maryland home buy- ers are getting the same idea. Closing costs are the fringe costs of buying or selling property. From finance charges to from attorney's fees to title from appraisals to closing costs add up. The local industry rule of thumb is Figure on paying 6 percent of the purchase price of a home in settlement fees. That's 8 percent on top of the down payment. And that's 6 percent in cash or the next best a check. No financing is allowed. Without the the sale can collapse. Veteran title real estate agents and title agents said they have seen many a deal crumble at closing when the the the lender and title agent meet to seal the sale. a disgrace. It's a big mis- take making it so notoriously said Mylin president of the Anne Amadel Board of Realtors. Concern About high closing costs and their impact on the Maryland home buyer reached a peak last summer. The catalyst was a survey released by the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. The Board of Realtors surveyed 38 states and found that Maryland's closing costs were the highest in the nation. On a closing costs were more than twice 'that of most the study found. Soon Gov. Harry Hughes on Page CoL Call for police reform grows louder By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH Staff Writer Pressure mounted yesterday for sweeping changes in the embattled Annapolis Police in- cluding giving the mayor more pow- er over the actions of the police day of two new reports on the department reflect a growing mo- mentum for reform in the manage- ment of the police department. who chairs a mayoral committee on law said yesterday he believes that Schmitt's job should not be covered by tae civil service code The code identifies specific rea- sons for which a city employee can be dismissed. The mayor has more power to dismiss employees not cov- ered by the code. Schmitt is one of Police Chief John C. Schmitt said this morning he does not see his job threatened by the proposals. Bat a statement by Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Warren B. Doekett Jr. and the release yester- The ax Lawmakers'are waking up to Gramm-Rudman impact three department heads still working under civil service. Duckett said Schmitt should be in the system so that he serves the pleasure of the like the city's six other department heads. Mayor Dennis Callahan said Duck- ett's statement was consider- city would be better served if all department heads were in 'ex- empt service.' I'm not going to be the one to recommend it But I wouldn't fight Callahan said. Discussion of the chief's job status does not mean Schmitt's job is in Callahan said. going to see some very dramatic changes ordered in the police department starting Monday night and probably continuing for six more Callahan said would be unreasonable to ex- pect the department to turn around in less than six or probably more. At that we'll be able to make an estimate of the chief's Alderman Alfred A. D- Ward chairman of the City Council Public Safety disagreed with- Duckett on the long-standing civil service question. The chief of police should be pro- tected by civil service to prevent the possibility of Hopkins said. On departmental Hopkins said changes are needed. He M Page By BOB MITCHELL Staff Writer Around the State Boose ahoeahiae stead where Chuck Taylor the name Levitt comes up s tot more than Rodman or HoQmfs. Taylor said oas rarely boars men- tion of three U.8. senators vfctes balaaeed-bodget Mil could cost Maryland as moch as OM mOlton by Legislators and their retinue spend tbetr ehattfeg sboot the state's eaviagi and baa crisis and two of tae prtoclaei figures In tbt contro- Jeffrey and Karoi Tay- tor sail Bit the balanced budget law kaewi tor ita ffcree U.S. Senate Pbfl aai Er- at a as legislators and local officials grapple wife the meaning of the law for Marylaad taxpayers state and local gov- ernmoDt. The matter took on new urgency last night as President Reagan on- reflet a proposed budget for that features large cots to reduce federal spending as required by Tbe Bouse Com- nttet last weak leaned that tbt coeld and op costing mflboB this year and 8112 J milliea to 1H7 to aid to state and local Tbet sseaas state aad local tovera. aaeat to Maryiaad eealdi lost tolsaeralsideartagtber THE IMPACT OF QRAMM-ttUDM AN Projected state revenue losses. The first figure is for the second for 1987- Executive million. Transportation million. Natural resources million. Health million. Human resources million. Education million. CoHeoat 117.8 million. Community development mIMton. Employment mil- million. Omer mHlton. Bay boosters Majority back shoreline curbs By PAT RIVIERE Staff Writer outgunned opponents nearly 4-to-l yesterday as the first rettoy wai fired to the battle over envelopment criteria for the Chesa- peake Bay shoreline. Mere than 60 witnesses paraded before the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Ooouaittee to testify during the first tatt bearing on a resolotion seeepttaf the criteria proposed br tbe Critical Areas Commission. Opponents told the Aanapotti law. makers that tbe proposal wffl take away tottoemeat rifbto and Is so coafestog tbey aeei aaetber fear ef stody gotag to lose. I know we're fetog to bat we can keep oa tbe resolution is the Criti- cal Ami Commission most revise tbt criteria by next year. The re- vised criteria wuld becomt effsettre Jons If the legislature approves the local govsiaaaats will haw aboot II moatas to develop tbeir owa land-ose plans for tbe Tbt criteria art designed to con- trol oevefeomeat wttbta a l.OSe-toot strip of tbt bay sal Ha tributaries. Sixteen Araadel Cooatjr. and 44 toetadtof wffl bt rt- to tbt criteria ia aeveioptng their eUas lor Tartar wffl pretest tbe sett tbe criteria art 'I weaM not svgfest to for a these eriserto art par- at tbt ttasosebor Critteal AMSS