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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Local senior citizens swarm Expo AS MAW HATS Versatility not a stretch for this Orioles team B2 Catcher Chris Holies loosens up In Sarasota sunshine Naval base off hit Bl Sen Mikulski is trying hard TOMORROW SHOWERS DETAILS PAGE A13 TUESD APRIL MD 35C Out of the city tax cut dies By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer A move to cut property taxes in Annapolis bv 10 cents died unexpect edly last night at the hands of the Citv Council Alderman Wayne C Turner s bill to hack the tax rate from per of assessed value to 68 died on mtro duction an unusual parliamentary action for the council Freshly introduced bills are normal ly shuffled off to committee for debate But Mayor Alfred A Hopkins who this month proposed an operating budget with a 4 cent tax rate reduction called Mr Turner s bill irresponsible The Ward 7 Republican proposed the 10-cent cut before the mavor unveiled his spending plan This is not the way to run a budget process to propose a reduction when you haven t even seen the budget When you ve seen it you can cut the hell out of it Mr Hopkins said But Mr Turner said the council already was aware of an expected 1 million surplus from the current year s an amount he said equals more than 22 cents on the tax rate They re playing a shell game with the taxpayers Mr Turner said Aldermen already have voted to spend million of the expected surplus on Mam Street reconstruction and other road improvements Mr Turner said he was outraged that the council did not follow normal procedure and send the bill to commit tee 1 find it an insult to me an insult to the process and an insult to the tax payers he said Aldermen last night also killed a bill that would have taken away much of the Rules Committee s power A tie vote killed the bill after several city residents spoke out against it saying the bill was a povver grab This ordinance looks like a hatchet job' said Ted Gner a downtown resident The committee now reviews most Page City revenue authority headed for May vote. Bl Session ends modestly Welfare reform bill aims for big changes TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer a 90 day effort state law iku1- last night patched together a i ii m measure affecting the state s tist tesidents but lacked the polit 1 ill to give up some of their own iks of office The Maryland General Assembly nded its 1995 session at midnight lollcmmg a flurry of activity in the 1 tst few hours that led to reforms in welfare The Capital punishment and IK alth maintenance organizations But legislators refused as thev hue for years to give up their iiithoriu to dole out scholarship And after seeing a bill that would prohibited lawmakers from ac free tickets from lobbyists senators and delegates balked Both houses decided it would be better if lobbyists were forced to dis close the recjpient of any tickets worth more than 1 m sorrv that it wasn t stronger Del Virginia P Clagett D West River said of the ticket bill The original bill addressed it This does not Mrs Clagett was one of eight mem bers of a House committee who voted to reject Senate amendments weaken ing the legislation The full house passed the measure 11821 Among Anne Arundel legisla Page Action gives choice to HMO patients. A4 Court jail are bond recipients AP photo Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Is covered with confetti as the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly came to a close at midnight. By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer Tfs the General Assembly brought its session to a close last night it addressed several issues affecting Anne Arundel including pas sage of bond money for local projects Gov Parns N Glendenmg s The Capital budget approved yesterday by the Senate and House includes 2 mil lion to construct a new Annapolis District Court building on Rowe Bou levard Also included is about 3 million in planning and design money for the new county jail to be built on Ord nance Road near Glen Burnie and 000 for a statue of deceased Su preme Court Justice and Maryland native Thurgood Marshall to be erected outside the State House About million in the mil lion construction budget will be used for Chesapeake Bay water quality projects Another million is in eluded for school construction and renovation statewide By working together we have given the people of Maryland what we promised improved safer communities and business growth and jobs' said Mr Glendening Meanwhile senators and delegates sorted out questions over local bond bills including a formal decision by a House Senate conference committee to reject funding for renovations at the London Town Publjk House and Gardens Local legislators had sought to repair the 230 year old county-owned house but the money was lost when County Executive John G Gary Jr said last week he would not provide local matching funds The building s foundation and other parts of the house have fallen into disrepair and officials with the Page Tax Take a Uncle Sam ByPJ SHUEY Staff Writer To relieve the stress of last day tax filing Monday night postal officials in Annapolis this year are offering a free shot at Uncle Sam Dressed in the garb of the nation s symbol Annapolis Postmaster Barry Riggins and other sporting volunteers will take turns in a dunking booth The booth sponsored by the Leuke mia Societv of Maryland will be set up at the Church Circle post office on the last day for tax filing without an extension The dunking booth and other efforts are intended to lighten the last minute tension 1 hate to use the word fun because that's not what it is but it s more an effort to say Relax its over Mr Riggins said In previous years the atmosphere around the post office as the filing deadline approached was noticeably dismal Last year people had such an exhausted look on their faces he said The dunking booth is part of several special activities at the downtown post office this year mcluding on site assis tance from the Internal Revenue Ser vice and state Comptroller s Office Two representatives from each office will be at the post office to offer last minute help from 6 p m to midnight They 11 be right in our lobby at tables we re going to set up Mr Riggins said Page INSIDE 2 28 A5-6 A8 B7 A7 Business Calendar Classified Club Notes Comics Croft on Crossword Editorials B6 AID B12 A12 Lottery Movies Obituaries Police Beat Severna Park Sports Television Tides A4 A9 A13 A13 All B25 A9 A13 Classified 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments 268-5000 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable She loves 'to paint the flag' Artist invited to prestigious Army-Navy Club By MARY P. FELTER Community News Editor With the party the next Kay Kandra had to come up with a present for a friend who was retiring as a Marine Corps major general So she secretly got some Marine memorabilia together from his home and swiftly sketched a composition- She finished the watercolor about 2 am was of a and cap and other things said Mrs Kandra of Annapolis She took the painting to the party at the Army Navy Club in Washington DC for the surprise presentation The reaction was terrific On Friday 10 or more of her paintings are set to go on exhibit at the prestigious club The club manager invited her to put together a show after seeing her single painting remarked on my and he asked me to bring over more' she said came home and then panic hit By J Henson The One of the stHMMe paintings artist Kay Kandra Is Ankhlnc for a show at the Army-Navy Chib Is of a variety of old and new United Stales flags. She contacted other friends who had been or were still in the military and gathered up caps and flags From her a 1958 Naval Academy she got an old slide rule case and a copy of Reef Points from 1954 She also located a World War II crush cap and an Eisenhower style jacket and a Marine helicopter pilot s helmet and flight jacket Another nearly completed painting is of a variety of American flags each with a different number of stars along with an encased flag presented to a widow at Arlington National Cemetery Page   

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