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Delegation Approves Pay Raise for Sheriff, Repeal of "Rain Tax"

Giving the sheriff a raise, from $100,000 to $125,000 a year, got the green light from the delegation.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Frederick County Delegation met Friday morning in Annapolis to discuss the county's bills. Five bills are approved and two are put on hold until next week.

Repealing what opponents call the "rain tax" could happen in Frederick County.

"The first bill is the repeal of the mandate of Frederick County as part of the state stormwater management bill. We voted unanimously to move that forward as a bill on behalf of the Frederick County Delegation," said Del. Kelly Schulz, (R) - chair of the Frederick County Delegation.

The mandate requires Maryland's 10 most populated counties, including Frederick County, to pay a tax on impervious surfaces to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. County Commission President Blaine Young expects that to cost Frederick County $1.8 billion.

"I was actually the one who suggested to Blaine to put one penny on it. It satisfies the law until we can really look at it because I knew it was going to come back before us a number of times," said Del. Galen Clagett, (D) - Frederick County.

Another county bill would allow the Frederick County Government to use debit cards to pay some employees. This bill got put on hold until next week.

"We need a little bit more information. The language in the bill didn't quite fit the intent of the commissioners," said Del. Patrick Hogan, (R) - vice chair of the Frederick County Delegation.

The delegation wants to make sure using a debit card is optional and not a requirement. Giving pay raises county orphans court judges is also on hold until next week.

Giving the Frederick County sheriff a raise, from $100,000 to $125,000 a year, got the green light from the delegation.

"It's an acknowledgment of the responsibilities of the position," Hogan said. "It's not necessarily about a raise for the person. It doesn't go into effect until after next election."

The five approved bills will get heard in committees, and if they're passed in committee, they'll head to the senate and house floors.

You can read Frederick County's legislative package and see more information about the seven bills by clicking here.


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