Category: City Council

City Council Mulls to Reduce Homestead Property Tax Rate to 0%

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council discussed reducing the Homestead tax credit to 0%. Last year, teh Council reducing the rate from 4% to 2%. Homestead Tax Credit is calculated on any assessment increase exceeding 10% (or the lower cap enacted by the local governments) from one year to the next. Thus the […]

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 in City Council | No Comments »

Council Accepts Responsibility, Seeks to Unify Community, following Reversal of Charter Amendment Results

Last Tuesday night, many of our neighbors were disappointed seeing the non-binding referendum denied by the City Council. Last night’s announcement reversing the Charter change may have given them some sense of relief, but I can feel the disappointments of other neighbors who were happy to see the change happened Tuesday night. The following statement […]

Sunday September 17th, 2017 in Announcements, City Council | 3 Comments »

Council Decides Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote at City Elections

At last night’s meeting, the City Council decided to allow non-citizens to register and vote in future City elections, as of 2019. Thank you, everyone, who came to last night’s meeting. I also want to thank those who wrote to us about the proposed change. The Council earlier voted against two other amendments – to […]

Wednesday September 13th, 2017 in City Council | 4 Comments »

Council May Consider a Compromise Resolution Allowing Green Card Holders to Vote at City Elections

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council may consider a resolution allowing City’s Green Card holders to vote at City elections. Council members are expected to bring two other amendment resolutions. They include: (1) The placement of questions relating to non-U.S. Citizen voting as an advisory referendum on the November 7 ballot, with the exact language […]

Tuesday September 12th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Council May Consider a Compromise Resolution Allowing Green Card Holders to Vote at City Elections

Order of Public Comments and Council Votes on 17-CR-02 at Tomorrow’s Council Meeting

At the next Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council will be considering one or more amendments to the proposed Charter amendment 17-CR-02 resolution. City staff has produced the following flow chart to help explain the placement of these items at the meeting. You can also see the flow chart here on page 145 of tomorrow’s […]

Monday September 11th, 2017 in City Council | 1 Comment »

Council Decides to Delay Non-Resident Voting Decision Until September 12

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council unanimously decided to delay the proposal allowing non-resident to vote at City elections until the September 12 regular meeting. The proposal’s sponsor Councilmember Nagle made the announcement at the beginning of the meeting. The reason for delaying the vote is to explore the possibility of hosting a […]

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Decides to Delay Non-Resident Voting Decision Until September 12

Council Mulls Referendum Options on Who Can Vote in City Elections

At tonight’s Council meeting, Council is scheduled to decide whether to move forward and vote on a Charter Amendment to extend the ability to vote in City elections to non-U.S. citizens. The City Council may decide to postpone tonight’s vote until September 12th. This will allow us to discuss an advisory question for a potential referendum […]

Tuesday August 8th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Mulls Referendum Options on Who Can Vote in City Elections

College Park to Recognize a Purple Heart Hero of its Own

Next Tuesday, August 8, during the Mayor and Council Regular meeting, College Park resident John Pedevillano will be honored by the City’s Mayor and Council. Check out the amazing story about Mr. Pedevillano and his valor. Recently, John Pedevillano, 94, of College Park, Maryland, received the Purple Heart for his service during World War II. […]

Thursday August 3rd, 2017 in Announcements, City Council | Comments Off on College Park to Recognize a Purple Heart Hero of its Own

Council to Discuss Proposal to Immediate Transfer of UMD Properties to a Development Company

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will discuss the potential transfer of 10 parcels of land currently owned by the University of Maryland to the Terrapin Development Company, LLC (TDC) and whether to send comments to the State Clearinghouse.  The TDC is a limited liability company that was formed by the University of Maryland College […]

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 in City Council | 1 Comment »

Two Public Hearings at Tonight’s Meeting: Allowing Non-Residents to Vote, and New Fence Ordinance

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will take public comments on two important topics. The Public hearings will start at 7:30pm at the City Council chamber at 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740. The first Public Hearing will be about amending the City’s Charter to delete the requirement that an individual is a United […]

Tuesday July 11th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Two Public Hearings at Tonight’s Meeting: Allowing Non-Residents to Vote, and New Fence Ordinance

Council to Discuss Design Alternatives of Gateway Park

For many years now, the City has been working to build the Gateway Park at the southeast corner of Baltimore avenue and Edgewood Road. So far, $457,000 has been spent on the acquisition of the lot and $22,000 on the demolition. $194,000 has been budgeted on the design and engineering of the park.A vast majority […]

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Discuss Design Alternatives of Gateway Park

Council Mulls Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote in City Elections

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will discuss the possibility of extending the ability to vote in municipal elections to City residents who are not citizens of the United States. Currently, the City uses the voter’s list supplied by the Prince George’s County Board of Elections.  Prince George’s County maintains voter rolls that comply with the […]

Tuesday June 6th, 2017 in City Council, Election | 2 Comments »

FBI to Investigate This Weekend’s UMD Homicide as Possible Hate Crime

The University of Maryland administration asked the FBI to investigate the last murder incident as a possible hate crime. Please see that statement below. The City Council will also issue a statement soon. May 21, 2017 Dear University of Maryland community, The horrific assault that took the life of a young man on our campus […]

Monday May 22nd, 2017 in City Council, Public Safety, University of Maryland | Comments Off on FBI to Investigate This Weekend’s UMD Homicide as Possible Hate Crime

Council to Finalize Revised Fence Ordinance Tomorrow

The City Council has been discussing ways to make City’s existing fence ordinance less restrictive, responding to comments it has received from many residents. City’s Advisory Planning Commission (APC) held a Fence Ordinance Listening Session for the general community on December 3, 2015 which resulted in the APC issuing a letter to Mayor and Council […]

Monday March 20th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Council to Finalize Revised Fence Ordinance Tomorrow

Council Approves Rezoning of Shabaan Property

Last night, the City Council supported a request from the property owner to rezone a portion of the Shaban property at the north west corner of Edgewood Rd and Rhode Island avenue. The property include the dry cleaner and a green space behind it. They are both currently zoned as O-S (Open-Space). The adjacent shopping […]

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Wednesday March 15th, 2017 in City Council | Comments Off on Council Approves Rezoning of Shabaan Property