SPENDING AFFORDABILITY COMMITTEE-ESTABLISHMENT

Question: To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to establish a spending affordability committee; specifying its organization and functions; and specifying the number, terms, and qualifications of its members.

Explanation: There is not a provision for this committee now. A committee of seven members, one from each council district, would be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council. The committee would advise the county executive and County Council on the level of spending that the taxpayers are able to afford for county services and long-term debt. CHARTER AMENDMENTS -FILING OF PETITIONS

Question: To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to clarify that petitions for charter ammendments shall be filed with the County Council and that the County Council shall make copies available, in order to conform to state law.

Explanation: Currently, the charter states that petitions for amendments shall be filed with the county executive. State law requires that the petitions be filed with the County Council. The proposed change would amend the charter in order for it to conform to state law. COUNTY EXECUTIVE -TERM OF OFFICE

Question: To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to clarify that the county executive shall qualify for the office beginning on the first Monday in December following election or as soon thereafter as practicable; and making technical corrections.

Explanation: At this time there is no date set for the county executive to take office. The amendment establishes a time for the swearing-in of the county executive and updates the language of Article IV. PROPERTY TAX LIMITATION

Question: To amend the Anne Arundel County Charter to provide that, commencing July, 1991 and in subsequent tax years, the County Council may set an annual tax rate that exceeds the constant yield rate by 4.5 percent, or by a percentage corresponding to the immediately previous January Consumer Price Index, U.S. city average, percentage of change from the preceding January, whichever is less.

Explanation: No provision to limit property taxes currently exists in the charter. The amendment would place a limit on the amount of revenue that is collected from property taxes. Increases in the amount would be limited unless authorized by a referendum.

(Explanations provided by the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County)