December 19th, 2011 by WCBC Radio
It was a relatively brief list of priorities presented by the Allegany County Commissioners to the District One legislation delegation. It was a diverse list with the topics ranging from a delay for implementation of PlanMaryland to funding for the North-South Corridor, an end to unfunded mandates and a call for the Maryland General Assembly to support Marcellus shale drilling. One request the commissioners hope get approved is one that would give them more authority over the taxing of paper gaming. The proposal aims to give the county flexibility to determine tax rates on the games. A change in the county’s take would require a change in state law. While commissioners are free to allocate the funds, the tax rate is fixed by state law. Commissioners President Mike McKay said the goal is to allow the commissioners to lower the rates without having to seek state approval- he says there would be no consideration of increasing the tax from its current rate.