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Hancock receives county tax rebate

February 12, 1997

By JENNYLYNN BROWN

Staff Writer

HANCOCK, Md. - The town of Hancock is slated to receive a tax rebate from Washington County to the tune of $39,932, an increase of 8.43 percent from 1996.

At the 7 p.m. tax differential meeting Tuesday night at Hancock Town Hall, Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook reported the allocation figures for 1997.

Hancock's tax rebates include: $880 for highways, $29,813 for police and $9,239 for parks.

Chief Donald Gossage of the Hancock Police Department voiced his concern about the insufficient number of patrols in the Hancock area.

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"Taxpayers on this end of the county are getting zero law enforcement from the Washington County Sheriff's Department," he said.

Gossage said the deficiency stemmed from inadequate staffing in patrols for the county, and he called for increasing the number of routine patrols.

"As taxpayers, we're being shortchanged on law enforcement. We need to find the money someplace," he said.

Concerns about employment opportunities in Hancock also were expressed.

"We need help up here," said Hancock resident Frank Courtney. "Our town is deteriorating. Our businesses are leaving. We're in bad need of jobs. This town is drying up." He said he looks to the county to push at least 200 jobs into Hancock.

Business owners are not pointed in any one direction, Snook said.

"We don't specifically direct them to one particular municipality. We show them what is available - tax credits, utility rates - they look at all sites," he said. "Companies that hire Maryland residents get better benefit than they would if they hired someone outside the state. They are few and far between, but we try to work with each of the customers."

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