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                                                    Harford County Council

Council Legislative Meetings are held the first three Tuesdays of the month (in May, the Council meets every Tuesday) at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers located at 212 S. Bond Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 

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Some issues of interest in June were: 

The Council held a public hearing on Bill 17-008 which would allow them to give public notice for the amendments to the Comprehensive Rezoning public hearing to only one local newspaper instead of two because they’re aren’t two local newspapers available.  They also amended the bill to include providing the information on the Harford County Government website as a result of a suggestion made by the Friends of Harford during citizen input at the public hearing. 17-008 passed, as amended, 7-0. 

The Council voted to change the process by which recordation taxes are collected.  The recordation tax is an excise tax imposed by the State for the privilege of recording an instrument in the Land Records (or, in some cases, with SDAT). Although imposed by the State, the recordation tax, to the extent collected by each clerk or county fiscal office, goes to such county's treasury (except, if collected by the clerk, the clerk retains a percentage of such collection as set forth in CJP § 2-213).  Currently, the taxes are collected by the Clerk of the Court and the County pays a 5% administrative fee to the Clerk for that duty.  The legislation that passed 7-0 moves the responsibility of collecting the tax to the Harford County Treasury Department and saves the County the administrative fee. 

The Council voted on the dates for this year’s legislative Summer schedule, formally known as a recess at the federal level. “A recess in legislative practice is an interval of time between sessions of the same continuous body, as opposed to the period between the final adjournment of one legislative body and the convening of another at the next regular session.”  The  last Council meeting was held on June 20th.  They will meet on August 15th, and formally reconvene on September 5, 2017. 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Summer.  The Legislative Corner will return in September. 

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Legislative Questions or concerns?

E. Veronica Rolocut
Government Affairs Director

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