PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. –May 2, 2018The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has rescheduled a public hearing to consider and receive comments on a petition for the Property Owners Association of Chesapeake Ranch Estates to establish its fifth special tax district beginning Fiscal Year 2019. The petition requests an annual increase of $25, to raise the current special tax district from $250 to $275.

The hearing, originally set for Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m., was cancelled at7:17 p.m.after staff was made aware that an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter could not attend as requested by a hearing-impaired citizen. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires government staff to give primary consideration to the choice of aid or service requested by the person who has a communication disability. The ADA also states “…a failure to take such steps as may be necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services…” constitutes discrimination.

The BOCC apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused residents.The rescheduled hearing will be heldThursday,June 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Southern Community Centerlocated at 20 Appeal Lane in Lusby. The shift from aTuesdaytoThursdayevening public hearing was made to accommodate the Patuxent High School graduation ceremony.

The proposed special tax district will primarily fund the cost of road sustainment, equipment replacement, safety projects, dams and storm water annual maintenance throughJune 30, 2023. Citizens who live in this area are encouraged to weigh in on this important proposal.

Citizens can view the petitiononline. For additional information, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2435 or via email atTimothy.Hayden@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments.These written comments must be received by4:30 p.m., June 6, 2018, and may be submitted by emailingCOMMISS@calvertcountymd.govor through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

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