Capitol Heights' mayor and Town Council gave final approval to plans to make the town Prince George's County's target area for enterprise zone designation.
After weeks of work to put together the town's 75-page application for attractive property tax breaks for businesses, the council passed a resolution endorsing the proposal, the last action required by town officials before submitting their plan.
Capitol Heights still must win the approval of the Prince George's County Council, which Capitol Heights Assistant Town Administrator Ralph Lang said he expects to come through two days before the state deadline.
"Everybody in the town, down to the police officer drawing diagrams, has been working real hard," Lang said. "The reason why this is such an intense deal is because there can only be six areas in the state, and only one from each county, to get the designation."
Enterprise zones were established by Gov. Harry Hughes in April. The program allows towns targeted as needing commercial development to offer 80 percent cuts in property taxes for businesses that settle in their zone.
State officials will reimburse municipalities and counties for half of the tax money they didn't collect.
The Town Council in earlier sessions staked out a 55-acre area bordered by East Capitol Street and Southern, Tunic and Central avenues as its target area.
The County Council is expected to approve Capitol Heights' application at its Oct. 13 meeting, Lang said.