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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Casino gambling bills on A local DAY OF UPSETS GW beats Terps fall to Navy still hot Cl Evan and QWihoot down No.l CDs poised to Air freight at BWI gaining FEB. 5F1995 sap city s tax Exempt properties cost city a year in lost taxes By Bob Capital The State House at the vary heart of the government and historic city tops the list of tax-exempt properties. The building Is worth Just over million which would translate to In taxes for Annapolis. By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Almost every Annapolis offices fill with some state and county employees. At least 500 probably many flow here daily to see spending money in restau- rants and shops. But being a center of government and history carries a price for Annapo- lis. More than one-sixth of city property is exempt from costing the city million a year in lost property taxes. The biggest as goes to the state. Maryland has more than million of property off the muni- cipal tax according to the state Department of Assessment and Taxa- tion and city Finance Department. That property alone would provide million in property and in theory that is the state's share of the cost of police and other city services. Instead the state pays the city an annual lump sum. This the city will ask for nowhere near Maryland's the- oretical'tax bill but almost double the usual amount. Last year the state slashed the Annapolis payment to after the city stopped providing trash pickup. feel that Glendening will treat us Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins said. He considers the arrangement fair on both sides. are fortunate to have so many government buildings he said. don't look at what that would give us in terms of property tax. I look at it in terms of what it provides in employ- But even if the city gets an equitable state tax records show it still suffers from the proportion of tax- free property. By the city's 333 parcels worth million are compared to about billion of taxable property. The property tax rate in Annapolis is per of assessed value. The State House tops the list exempt as the single build- ing is worth just over million which would translate to about in taxes for the The Governor's Mansion would rank as one of the county's highest-priced assessed at million. Buildings and property at St. College's downtown campus were as- sessed at or in taxes. The Naval Academy's property rings up at but it techni- cally lies outside Annapolis. Page Flurry of activity tyDttridW.Trotzo-TlM Capital Witt or without hundreds turned out behind St John's College In Annapolis after yesterday's storm. residents Lauren jaaatea and Megan sHde down a hill. Residents wake up to first major snow _ By BRIAN WHEELER StaffWriter For a it was the perfect chance to forget about adult responsibilities. Forget about bills. Forget about the mortgage. It was the perfect chance to cast aside the world's weightier issues. it was a chance to go sledding. After an early morning storm that coated Anne Arundel County in that's just what scores of people did hitting the hills with sleds and toner tubes and reveling in playing around the but now in for something a laughed Cape SL Claire his Rochelle and a behind St .'OB'iliefe than half a foot of and Ashley. said Lisa county public works spokesman. With 80 of equipment the county could say of late afternoon that no roads celebratedn the JteVjtt dumped 4 inches of snow. But tteaOaed few of M had been closed. For yesterday's storm performed much as expected. Snow began falling at Baltimore- Washington International home of the local National Weather Service office before 10-.30 p.m. Friday and continued until 7 yesterday. More than half a foot of snow blanketed most of the state and forced the closing of Baltimore-Washington International Airport for four hours. North central Maryland was hit hardest with 6 to 12 inches. Western Maryland was dusted with up to 6 and the warmer Eastern Shore was bathed in While a lot of snow may have it had little effect since the bulk of it came down between 2 and forecasters said. Page speeders By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY StaffWrtter State police from the Annapolis bar- rack fulfilled their part-of a statewide pledge last year to crack down on Issuing tickets on local highways. The 1994 total was more than troop- ers handed out in each of the previous five years. But even with the boom in motorists on at least one of the county's main routes are driving faster than ever. Statistics kept by the State Highway Administration show that during the last three months of percent of the motorists on Route 50 were averag- ing 68 mph up from 64.9 mph just one year ago. Gov. Parris N. Glendening last week used the fact that few people are obeying the 55 mph speed limit as part of his reasoning for increasing the limit to 65 mph on several intewtates in Maryland. Portions of Route 50 and Interstate 97 would be included in the faster speed zones. If the limits were Glend- ening has said that he'd propose in- creasing the maximum fine for driving faster than 65 mph frort to and banning radar detectors. State police acknowledged that traf- fic is moving thanks to Cracking down State stationed at tne Annapolis barrack issued raaily 28 percent more speeding tickets last year than the year and 49 percent than they did In 1969. IMUWJ primary to thwamotortatt Capital graphic improved roads such as Route 50. But' now that most of the .construc- tion on Route 50 is Trooper Mark Hurley said the chances of getting Page Swindler snail-like in repaying victims By BRIAN WHEELER StaffWriter After her husband died in Edith Keenan took the nest egg the retired Severna Park couple had saved and placed it in William A. Mahlow Jr.'s hands. For as he sent Mrs. Keenan monthly interest the Anna- polis broker was supposed to be invest- ing and safeguarding the money. And that1 s what he told her he was doing. By March his lie crumbled. Investigators discovered that the sav- that Mrs. Keenan and 10 others had entrusted to Mahlow were gone. Me had swindled them out of almost Nearly two yean after Mahlow was convicted of 11 counts of felony prosecutors and his victims say his swindle hat continued. Still on Mahlow has paid the Keenan family Just of the he owes. And while they didn't expect that he would have much of his debt cleared by he has paid so little that they now think he deserves a Btiffer punishment. no way that this man is ever going to pay his money said Donna daughter of the late Keenan. Her mother died after having to move in with Mrs. Quinn because of the money she lost. he's in violation of his then he should go to In Mahlow has repaid less than and has not met payment ules set by sail Receiving checks sometimes at small as his victims say they have seen jurt a hint of the money that he Page 235 HMUf LOW Very cold today and tomorrow. 02 Purr-feet Seventy-five cat owners some from as far away as California competed hi Annapolis In a weekend-long show sponsored by the Black Eyed Susan Cat of Maryland. Pi SPORTS TMI MM HITS Hey baseball this Is no ordinary party. Tomorrow Is Babe Ruth's 100th birthday. Just Imagine the shindig he would have thrown for himself. Mr. Ruth was a character of legendary proportions with accomplishments to match. Cl bibliophiles and aficionados of the serendipitous shopping used book stores have a charm unmatched by the bright aisles at chain bookstores like Crown or Barnes Noble. U AfunMRtpwt..Dl EdKorMi....AiO-ll ButMaM... Bl Lottery..... ......JU Books.. _____ E3 MoriM ...E2 CtatcKM Fl-13 01 ObttMitM. 02 draut 288-4MO ;