The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Montgomery County Council. For more information, call 217-7900.
TAX RATE CUT -- The council voted to cut the county's property tax rate for most residents by 16.5 cents, a move that will mean lower tax bills for some homeowners but for the average homeowner the result will be an increase of 1.6 percent, or about $44, this year.
The cut, which caps a budget season marked by calls for tax relief, reduces the property tax rate for most residents to $2.81 per $100 of assessed value, down from the current $2.97. Homeowners in the Rockville area and the upper county pay a slightly different rate based on the particular package of services they receive.
The tax cut will have a varying impact on homeowners' tax bills, depending on when their property was last assessed. Property is assessed every three years, with a third of the county's homes reassessed each year. Homeowners whose property was assessed in 1987 will pay 5.6 percent, or $81, less in property taxes this year; those whose property was assessed in 1988 will pay about 1.8 percent, or $32, more in taxes; and taxes on homes reassessed this year will increase about 8.6 percent, or $182.
Included in the property tax bills that county homeowners will begin receiving next week are state property taxes and other charges.
DUMPING FEES -- The council approved an $8-a-ton increase in the charge for dumping waste at the county landfill, which will be reflected in higher trash disposal fees for residents.
The council approved raising the dumping fee from $53 a ton to $61, as recommended by County Executive Sidney Kramer. The increase will take effect August 1.
The fee hike will increase residents' trash bills to between $12 and $20 a year. According to county officials, the fee increase will be based on the size of the dwelling, with larger, detached houses being assessed a higher increase than town houses and smaller homes.
Kramer has said the increase is necessary to fund the county's expanding recycling program, the cost of operating the landfill and building a new incinerator in Dickerson, which is expected to cost more than $300 million.