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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Fairfax proposes spending plan

Fairfax County officials voted Tuesday to advertise a budget proposal that could increase the residential property tax rate as much as 8 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 2 to formally propose the budget plan; Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) and John C. Cook (R-Braddock) were opposed.

In his annual budget presentation two weeks ago, County Executive Anthony H. Griffin recommended a 5-cent increase in the residential tax rate, to $1.09 per $100 of assessed value, in his spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. An 8-cent increase, to $1.12, will be advertised as the highest possible increase that supervisors will consider.

-- Derek Kravitz


Md. Senate passes child support bill

The Maryland Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday the first overhaul of child support guidelines in the state since 1989.

Under the legislation, which passed 43 to 2, the schedule used by courts to determine child support obligations would be updated to reflect current realities. In some cases, noncustodial parents would pay significantly more each month than those with similar incomes do now.

Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), the bill's chief sponsor, said the change would result in "more money going to children" in most cases. "These guidelines have stayed fixed for 22 years," he said. "They're too low."

Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County) argued that the legislation amounted to "a massive redistribution of wealth" that needed more scrutiny. "Have we really done enough work on this?" he asked his colleagues.

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