ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — The Howard County Council has approved a bill that will eliminate separate tax rates for fire services in some parts of the county.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the bill was introduced at the request of County Executive Ken Ulman.

Residents in the rural western end of the county have traditionally paid less for fire service, but Ulman has said that section of the county pays the same fees for police, trash, schools and other government services.

Howard is the only county in the state to have two tax rates to fund fire services.

The new standard tax rate has not yet been proposed but Ulman says it should be discussed in the context of the overall budget.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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