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Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Speeding up biz travel Bl For waiting is hardest part PLAY After 1995 baseball season opens tonight Dl at p.m. on ESPN. Businesses serve minors in sting Cl TOMORROW WARMER DETAILS PAGE A7 TUESDAY APRIL MD 35C Gary mulling property tax hike By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer County Executive John G Gary Jr is quietly lobbying for a 3-cent property tax rate the first rate boost in more than a decade The potential loss of million in the next fiscal year due to slower-than-expected proper- ty value growth has forced Mr a conservative to consider an in- crease that falls within the county's voter- imposed property tax cap. While courting County Council members with an 11-pomt memorandum on why the rate should be increased from per of assessed value to the county executive also has been meeting with tax foes increase would cost many residents So Mr Gary has refused to make any public statement on the potential increase. The rate increase would cost the owner of the average county home worth a year Robert C president of the Anne Arundel Taxpayers said yesterday that his group finds it difficult to support any tax but at least the county executive is playing within the rules taxes are what we're known it's really about reduced said Mr Schaeffer. don't want to be nothing but constant naysayers He said the fact that the county executive plans to propose a budget with only a small spending increase could make all the differ- ence. For several Mr. Gary and other administration officials have been meeting with County Council explaining that a slowdown in growth of property values means tax revenues would increase less than the rate of inflation if the tax rate remains at It also would mean because of the tax cap that the four-year impact of leaving the rate at its current level could be as much as million the property tax revenue base is it can never be restored to the former the memo to council members said. The tax cap requires that property tax revenues grow no more than the rate of inflation or 4.5 whichever is smaller Under the proposal being the average homeowner would see his tax bill increase 3.4 percent exactly rate of inflation last year. the combined value of all county real estate would grow by 1.9 well beneath the level of inflation. Gary made the point that he is playing within our said Mr. whose group was the driving force behind passage of the tax cap in 1992. Since there have been decreases in the tax but they were fueled by significant increases in property values. Among reasons given for increasing the tax rate in fiscal year that begins July- 1 were Page 'You can never have too much Velcro in Lt. Cmdr. Wendy astronaut By Bob Gilbert The Capital Calling weightlessness huge It Cmdr. Wendy Lawrence vtotts Jones Elementary School In Sevema Park after spending 16 days In outer space last month aboard the space shuttle. The astronaut told students that In space she had better than professional basketball star Michael Jordan. Astronaut lands at Jones shares recent space adventure S By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer ixteen glorious days of weightlessness taught astronaut Wendy Lawrence the pleasures of flying like a bird and some handy techniques for securing things in zero gravity can never have too much Velcro in she said As a mission speciahst-and backup pilot aboard the space shuttle U Cmdr Lawrence flew 6 9 million miles during the Astro-2 mission in March Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence returned to her home county Thursday to share her observations with students at Jones Elementary School in Severna Park Dressed in a light blue flight suit studded with insignia and Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence showed slides and video of her flight. A roomful of grade-schoolers stilled their chatter as images of space flight filled a movie screen. The launch like being on a very rough train she said Three times normal gravity pressed on her she said. But when the engines cut the astronaut watched her clipboards begin to float. As her arms drifted away from her she realized that weightlessness was going to take some getting used to. of the things you have to do is forget everything your mother told you about playing with she as the screen showed astronauts floating half-peeled bananas across the shuttle's main compartment Page Bombing suspect but Others saying a lot ASSOCIATED PRESS OKLAHOMA CITY As'funeral after funeral weighed on this stunned city and rescuers clawed through tons of debris to reach more bodies in the tomb of the federal new evidence emerged about suspect Timothy McVeigh. The only person charged so far in the Mr. McVeigh has refused to answer any questions about the worst terrorist attack in U.S. his- death toll rose to 87 today and the White House said it could rise above 200. Mr. McVeigh remained stone-faced even when shown photographs of chil- dren maimed and killed in the several news organizations reported But others had much to say about the he had links to anti-government paramilitary groups And investigators said plastic barrels similar to those that might have held the chemicals used in the bomb were found at the home of a man held as a material witness. Among the new A Florida militia Bob Jo- told The Associated Press yes- terday that Mr McVeigh visited that state 18 months ago with Mark who broadcasts a militant AP photo An Oklahoma City police car IB decorated with the words wtH never and a small American as It sits near the bombed building. radio show and distributes militia vid- from Michigan. Mr. McVeigh was one of several bodyguards for Mr. Koernke at a gath- ering of right-wing militias from across the members of the Florida State Militia said in today's Fort Pierce Tribune. Mr McVeigh down here be- cause he heard the Branch the people who survived would be said Kenny a mili- tia spokesman. Federal agents have said Mr. Page Bombing blame shifts to ha- tred on the airwaves. A2 Door causing storm at Heritage Harbour By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Somona W Howard said she only wanted to make her home more secure But the fine print of a homeowner's contract could leave the 78-year-old Heritage Harbour resident facing a lawsuit over the type of storm door she has installed at her home. Mrs. Howard said she wanted the door it would afford more protection from intruders and would keep passers-by from peering directly into her bedroom from the street the door is in violation of the community's covenants The guide- lines state that a protective or decorative grille is it must not cover more than half the vertical meas- urement of the glass Mrs. a widow who lives alone in the retirement community between the South River and Broad said she did not receive the guidelines until after she had the door installed last August. 'f T But Thomas R attorney for the Heritage Harbour Community said Mrs. Howard re- ceived an explanation of covenants and bylaws when she took ownership of the house in June He said the covenants any changes to the exterior of her unit without asking ahead of time. She chooses to overlook he said. Mrs. Howard said a copy of the guidelines were given to her by a representative of a welcoming commit- tee in two months after she moved in Mr Callahan said the guidelines Mrs Howard discussed are provided to new residents to help them in submit- ting requests to'change exteriors Resi- dents are routinely given the covenants when they take he said. seems to me she still does not understand the nature of her viola- he said Page By George N Lundskow The Capital Somona W. Howard peers from behind the storm door she Installed at her Heritage Harbour home which the community associa- tion says she must remove. The community requires the doors to have glass or screens at least three- quarters the length of the door. Brian Kaehn pro- vided his co-author with enough tawdry and damaging information about 0 J Simpson to give defense attorneys cause for alarm and prosecutors reason rejoice In 'a 92 poirrt book outline of iis interviewsMr Kaehn describes Mr Simpson's state of mind before and after the murders and says Nicole Brown Simpson feared her ex-husband would kill her A2 Classified.............268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 INSIDE Maryland moved from 32nd to 30th place among the states in a report that evaluates the welfare of children nationwide 4 61 2 D5 Business Calendar Capital Camera Classified Club Notes Comics Crofton Crossword Death Notices C8 C2 B3 86 84 C8 C8 M Editorials Lottery Movies Obituaries Police Beat Sevema Park Sports Television Tides A6 A4 06 A7 A7 85 D14 D5 A7 Portions The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000
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