TOWN OF CAPITOL HEIGHTS
The Capitol Heights Town Council will hold a public hearing June 25 on the town's proposed $1.263 million budget for fiscal 1991 -- an increase of about $150,000, or 8.4 percent, over the current budget.
The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, One Capitol Heights Blvd. For more information, call 336-0626.
TOWN OF CHEVERLY
The Cheverly Town Council at its June 11 meeting unanimously adopted a $2.55 million budget for fiscal 1991 -- up $100,000, or 1.2 percent, over the current budget.
According to Town Manager David Warrington, about $15,000 of the increase is for increased legal fees resulting from two lawsuits against the town.
The American Civil Liberties Union, saying the town's wards are disproportionately drawn and thus prevent blacks from fair representation on the council, filed a lawsuit last fall to force the town to redraw the boundaries. Warrington said a hearing before the U.S. District Court in Baltimore has been scheduled for January, 1991.
The second lawsuit was initiated by town officials who said last month's elections did not allow residents to vote for write-in candidates as required by the town charter. It seeks to have the election results nullified.
According to Warrington, most of the budget increase will be used to meet rising costs stemming from inflation and cost-of-living increases for town employees. The largest portion of the budget, $806,727, will pay for capital improvements such as street repair.
Under the budget, the town's property tax rate of 79 cents per $100 of assessed value will remain unchanged.
TOWN OF LANDOVER HILLS
The Landover Hills Town Council at its June 11 meeting offered Patricia McCants a one-year contract to serve as town administrator. McCants, who was the town administrator of Landover Hills in 1987-88 and most recently was the town treasurer, replaces Fred Sims. She has a degree in business administration from George Washington University.
In other action, the council adopted a $313,000 town budget for fiscal 1991 -- up $9,000, or about 2.8 percent, over the current budget.
Under the adopted budget, the town's property tax rate increases 11 cents, to $1 per $100 of assessed value. The current property tax generates about half of the town's revenue.
According to McCants, the largest portion of the budget, $92,000, pays the cost of trash collection and use of the county's landfills. In addition, the police department will receive $82,000 in funds for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The Town Council will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. July 2, and the next town meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 16. Both meetings will be held at the Town Hall, 6904 Taylor St.
CITY OF LAUREL
The Laurel City Council at its June 11 meeting confirmed the appointment of Joseph P. Odell as the city's director of finance. Odell replaces Eleanor C. Wolter, who has been reassigned. Wolter's reassignment follows a major administrative shakeup by recently elected Mayor Joseph Robison, who said some city departments needed a change of direction.
Also at the June 11 meeting, Peggy Anderson, a former member of the city's Historic District Committee, was confirmed as a member of the city's Planning Commission, which makes land-use decisions.
Also confirmed were Charles Hulberg, to the Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee; Mary Jones, to the Public Works Citizens Advisory Committee; and George Goldsborough, to the Historic District Commission.
The City Council will hold its next meeting at 8 p.m. July 9 at City Hall, 350 Municipal Square. For more information, call 725-5300.