The Landover Hills Town Council unanimously rejected a proposal from the Prince George's County Council to consolidate the collection of county and municipal real estate tax bills. The council decided, instead, to conduct a survey to find out the advantages and disadvantages of the proposal.
If the proposal had been approved, residents who now receive separate real estate tax bills from the town and the county, would have paid the combined tax on one bill issued by the county. The county, which has made similar proposals to all 28 of the county's municipalities, would then give the money back to each jurisdiction.
Landover Hills is one of five municipalities to reject the county's proposal so far, according to Porter Venn, chief of treasury for the county. Fifteen municipalities have said yes, he said.
"It's basically better for everyone," Venn said. "It's just easier . . . more streamlined," he added.
Venn said the county now prints all local real estate bills and gives them to each jurisdiction to be mailed out. He said the cities and towns then collect these taxes and turn any delinquent tax accounts back over the the county for collection.
The new tax collection policy is scheduled to start in the 1989 fiscal year for municipalities, which agree to joint collection of taxes, with the first combined bills to be mailed next July.
CITY OF LAUREL
The Laurel City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring residents to display their residential addresses in a conspicuous place on buildings, using Arabic numerals at least four inches in size and contrasting with their backgrounds.
The ordinance, introduced at the request of the city Public Safety Advisory Committee, became effective last Wednesday for any new houses built in Laurel. Existing houses will have one year to comply with the new regulation, or run the risk of being fined $25 for the first day of the offense and $100 for each additional day.
"The majority of the comments we had at the meeting were favorable," City Clerk Kaye M. Sandul said of residents' reaction.
Residents whose existing numerals are at least three inches high, will not have to the change them unless they apply for a zoning permit, at which time a building inspector will require the change.
The council also unanimously approved the regulation of unregistered and inoperable vehicles on private property.
Residents with unregistered or inoperable vehicles that are visible on private property, can now be given a 15-day warning to remove them or face fines of $25 the first day and $50 a day thereafter.