GAITHERSBURG

The Gaithersburg government is flying American flags at three locations in the city in honor of soldiers serving in the Persian Gulf in Operation Desert Storm.

The flags are located in front of City Hall at 31 Summit St. S., along Route 355 on the Father Cuddy Memorial Bridge and at Olde Towne Park.

For $8, residents may purchase flag kits at City Hall. The package includes a 3-by-5-foot flag, a pole with an eagle on top and a bracket.

For more information, call the city manager's office at 258-6310.

ROCKVILLE

Rockville-area residents would receive a property tax increase for fire service under a proposal announced by Montgomery County Executive Neal Potter this week.

Acting on a recommendation by the the county's Fire and Rescue Commission, Potter is requesting that the County Council combine Montgomery's three separate fire tax districts into a one district in which all county residents would pay the same rate for fire service.

Potter's plan would assess an across-the-board rate of 22.3 cents per $100 of assessed value in the 1992 fiscal year beginning July 1.

That would mean a 7.8 cent rise per $100 for Rockville area residents, and a drop of as much as up to 3.5 cents.

Rockville officials, who were expecting the proposal, said they plan to fight the change.