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Frederick News-Post (Newspaper) - April 16, 2002, Frederick, Maryland beats. Sports B-1 Agriculture B-5 002 ftdtHidil Family, LLC News-lost Vol. 119 No. 161 SiTlill Tuesday- April 16. riok, Maryland 21705 500 State, mayor disagree on city tax base growth Fatal on 1-70 Staff photo by Sam Yu Fire and rescue personnel prepare to load a patient from an p.m. Monday pickup crash on 1-70 at Md. 27. Ricky S. Fear, 33, of Falling Waters. W.Va., the driver, died at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being thrown from the 1994 Toy- ota. Donald Wayne Myers, 32, of Hagerstovm was listed in serious but stable condition, according to Maryland State Police. The inves- tigation is continuing. By STEVE MILLER 'News-Post Staff scmillerf'i State tax officials are predicting that Frederick's real property tax base will expand by as much as 11 percent in the next budget year, not remain "flat" as Mayor Jennifer Dougherty has said in defense of her proposed tax hike. The city could cut taxes by near- ly 2.5 cents to 59.6 cents per of full assessed valuation and col- lect the same amount of tax rev- enue as this year, state officials said. Ms. Dougherty instead asked the Frederick Board of Aldermen for a 3-cent tax increase, saying the city faced more than a million in extra mandated expenses and a "flat" assessment base for property tax revenue. "From the numbers we have they are showing an increase" in the tax base, said Laura Foussekis, special assistant to the director of the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation. The tax base is projected to increase from billion to bil- lion, a jump of about 11 percent. It would grow by 4 percent even if the development moratorium stopped all new construction for the entire year, she said. Ms. Dougherty said Monday that Post office place to be on tax day By SEAN BARRY News-Post Staff Peace advocates, church mem- bers and even a politician assem- bled at Frederick's main post office at 201 E. Patrick St. Monday to greet scores of last-minute tax-filers. Sen. Alex Mooney, a Republican seeking re-election in November. and his allies handed out fliers that proclaimed him a "champion" of lower taxes. Members of the Peace Resource Center in Frederick, meanwhile. complained the government spends too much money on the military even in the post-Sept. 11 era. Leaders of Summit Trace Church in Frederick were content to hand out free stamps in front of the building. Mr. Mooney, who represents Frederick and Washington counties. vowed his appearance Monday was just the start of a vigorous effort, to fend off a challenge from Delegate- Sue Hecht, ton. "I'm going to campaign said Mr. Mooney, adding he'll find the time for that, while adjusting to married life. He and his fiancee. Dr. Grace Gonzalez, have set their wedding for Aug. 10 in Annapolis. The senator was competing for taxpayers' attention Monday with members of the Peace Resource Center, who set up r< labletop dis- play to make their point about mili- tary spending. "Forty-six percent of what 1 have to pay to the federal government is going to militarize the said group member Lillian advo- (Continued on Page A- 14) Index Agriculture ............B5-6 Business ..............B-7 m. increases in the assessment base have been only equal to inflation for the past 10 years, netting no gains when it comes to paying for city government. "We are not seeing a huge increase and it goes along with the cost of living increase that people are Ms. Dougherty said. Frederick Budget Director Jon Angel conceded that a 4 percent increase was not a flat rate of return. But, like the mayor, he said property tax revenues have remained flat in relationship to the rising cost of city services. A 2.5-cent tax cut to capture the same revenue as this year would require cuts to city services, he said. "People may be getting confused over what 'flat' Mr. Angel said. "What we are saying is that the increase in the costs of services exceeds the increase in the existing tax base." The public can review the million budget proposal and get. copies of a budget summary at the City Hall reception desk The budget summary also is available at the Finance Depart- ment page of the city's Web site, The aldermen are scheduled to vote on the tax rate and budget Mav 16. j TK_ V. J! HDC chief supports partial demolition By STEVE MILLER News-Post Staff The chairman of the Frederick Town Historic District Commission said Monday he fully supports the city's decision to partially demolish a blighted rowhouse in the historic district. "From what 1 can see they are doing the right said Dan Lawton. "This administration is finally moving forward (on blight abatement1, which I think is great." Mr. Lawton sometimes criticized the administra- tion of former mayor Jim Grimes for ordering emergency demolitions in apparent attempts to skirt HDC authority. He also criticized Mr. Grimes for what he saw as lackluster blight abatement effort. Mr. Lawion said he didn't mind not being con- sulted before the city removed part of a dilapidated (Continued on Page A-14) Maryland Slate Police assist passengers from the plane that made as: emergency landing in a farm field off of Gruber Road near Woodsboro Monday afternoon. The stains trailing from (lie aircraft are from the oil leak that crippled its engine, forcing an end to the flight. Cessna In farmer's fie By FRANK J. News-Post Staff WOODSBORO With three passengers Classified............B9-13 Comics ..............B-14 Editorials. Letters.......A-6 Obituaries.............A-5 Sports ................Bl-D TV Listings.............B-4 Weather................A-2 aboard. Seymour Fertig planned to fly his single- engine Cessna non-stop from New Jersey to Dulles airport Monday afternoon. He didn't make it "This was the only said passenger Scott Silver, 41, of Sfaten Island, gesturing in the middle of the 140 acre Gruber Road farm where the pilot made an emergency landing around I p.m. No one was injured in the. landing, which Mr. Fertig accomplished after the plane's engine died. Another passenger, Avi Schneider, also of Island, said the pilot handled the crisis with aplomb. "He was really calm, he was really (Continued on Page A-14) J By KATE LECKIE News-Post Staff Maryland State Police assist passengers from the aircraft in t.ho back- ground that made an emergency landing in a farm field off of Gruber Road near Woodsboro Monday afternoon. From loft are passengers Lisa Fertig and Scott Silver: and TFC James I pdegraff of the Maryland State Police. iNEWSPA'PERr Burglars hit three Chinese restaurants in the city over the weekend, making off with a substantial amount of cash from at least one of them, the Fred- erick Police Department said. The burglaries at the China Garden restaurant on West Patrick Street, the Hot Wok carryout on Waverley Drive and the Dragon Buffet on South Jef- ferson Street occurred after closing Saturday night and before employees reported to work on Sunday, Sgt. Andy Dewese said. "All three had either a door or window smashed out" to gain entry. Sgt. Dewese said. "The suspects then entered the businesses and removed cash." The break-ins occurred less than a week after the attempted holdup of a delivery man from a fourth Chinese restaurant, the China Dragon on Prospect Boulevard. "We're aware of the similarities of the four crimes, which will be part of the overall investiga- tion. However, at this time, there is no indication of a connection between" the three burglaries and the attempted April 0 of the delivery man. said (Continued on Page A-i4) Np p A V V X.3X _i .V ;