The Bowie City Council will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Monday in City Hall on a proposal to lower the penalty residents must pay on delinquent city taxes from 2 percent to one percent, under a new city and county tax billing policy that will start next July.

The new billing policy, recently approved by the council, will allow residents to pay city and county real estate taxes on one bill, issued by the county each year. The problem, however, is that Bowie's delinquent penalty rate is higher than the county's.

"They can only accomodate one penalty rate on each bill," said Rosemary Moore, director of finance for Bowie. "So, in order to combine the bills, the penalty and interest rates must be the same."

Moore said the interest residents must pay on delinquent taxes, two thirds of one percent, is the same as the county's and will not present a problem. For more information, call 262-6200.


Morningside residents will be given a last chance Monday to register for the town's Nov. 30 special election to fill a vacant Town Council seat. Voter registration will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 6901 Ames St.

The council seat has been vacant since the Feb. 1 retirement of Councilman Walter Sienkiewich. The current three-member council accepted petitions for the seat until Sept. 28, but was unable to decide among the candidates.

Candidates seeking election are Audrey Cook, Daniel Garcia and James Ealey.


Ward 5 Councilwoman Bettie J. Jeter has been reelected council president.

Jeter, a council member for three years, was elected last month by a 4-3 vote. This is her second, one-year-term.


The Takoma Park Recreation Department will hold a holiday craft workshop from 7 to 10 p.m., Nov. 9 and 16, at the municipal building, 7500 Maple Ave.

Workshop participants will make holiday ornaments and ribbon and pine cone wreaths. The registration fee is $10. The fee for supplies is $15. The deadline for registration, on a first-come, first-served basis, is Nov. 2. For more information, call 270-4080, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.