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City Council votes to include employees in home-buying program

July 30, 1998

Hagerstown City Council members voted 3-0 on Tuesday night to provide enough funding for three city employees to participate in a homeownership program.

The state's new Live Near Your Work program gives employees of participating employers $3,000 toward purchase and closing costs if the employee contributes at least $1,000 toward a new home near his or her workplace.

The state, the city and the employer each contribute $1,000 toward the benefit. If a city employee were to participate, the city would provide $2,000 of the $3,000 benefit.

The city has nine slots left for the program this budget year, with one possible participant from Morin-Rocco Contractors and five from Ellsworth Electric, Department of Community Development Manager George Andreve has said. That leaves three slots for the city.

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Councilman J. Wallace McClure abstained from voting. McClure said he supports having city employees live in the city, but said the program smacked of nepotism because the city is helping its employees buy houses with tax dollars.

Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein, William M. Breichner and Lewis C. Metzner voted for the city to participate as an employer. Councilman Alfred W. Boyer was absent.

With the vote, the city budgeted $12,000 from the Community Betterment Fund for the program in case eligible participants don't meet income requirements for federal grant funds.

The betterment fund is fueled by City Light revenue.

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