Public Hearings Set for Fire, Rescue Tax Rate Increases

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Public Hearings Set for Fire, Rescue Tax Rate Increases

ST. MARY'S COUNTY - 2/29/2008

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 Three public hearings are set for Monday, March 3; Tuesday, March 4; and Wednesday, March 5 to discuss fire, rescue tax rates.

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad receive their funding from several sources, principally the district-specific Rescue and Fire Taxes, the county-wide Emergency Services Support Tax and fund-raising.

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. will hold a public hearing for residents of the Fifth Election District to discuss a proposal to increase the fire tax effective July 1, 2008. The MVFD is seeking approval from the Board of County Commissioners to increase the Fire Tax within the Fifth Election District from 4.4 cents to 5.1 cents per $100 of assessed value. The public hearing will be Monday, March 3 at the Mechanicsville VFD at 28165 Hills Club Road at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 4, the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad will hold a public hearing for the residents of the Eighth Election District to increase the rescue tax from $0.11 to $0.20 per $100 of assessed value, effective July 1, 1008.  The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall at 46900 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park.

The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. will hold a public hearing for residents of the Sixth Election District on Wednesday,  March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Building on Rescue Lane in Hollywood. The Squad is seeking approval to increase the Rescue Tax rate within the Sixth Election District from $.011 to $.02 per $100 of assessed value effective July 1.

 Each meeting will feature a presentation of budgetary needs. Documents relating to these proposals are available at the sponsoring organizations, the County’s Public Information Office at the Governmental Center at 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown and at each of the three public libraries in St. Mary’s County.

All three public hearings will be televised and aired later on County Channel 95. For a schedule, log on to www.stmarysmd.com or call 301-475-4200, x1340. The Board of County Commissioners will accept testimony on these proposals from the public hearings and from written comments from citizens. Send written comments to the Board of County Commissioners, PO Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650 before March 17.

 Consideration will then be given to whether to include such rate changes in the County’s FY2009 budget, which will be taken to public hearing on April 22 at Leonardtown High School.



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