Williamsport to get tax rebate from county

March 09, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport will get a $50,819 tax rebate from Washington County in fiscal 1999, a 23 percent increase over the $41,155 the town received last year.

"I expected the increase, but I didn't think we'd get that much," Mayor John W. Slayman said after hearing the news from the Washington County Commissioners at a Tuesday night meeting.

The tax rebate from the county partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services they provide.

Of the rebate, which is based on Williamsport's population of 2,103, $36,691 will go to police services and $14,128 will go to parks.

After the rebate presentation, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook urged the Mayor and Council to encourage town citizens to complete and return year 2000 census forms.


"It's important to get accurate numbers," Snook said. "It means money for the town and county."

Snook told Slayman and council members that construction on Springfield Manor, an extension of the Washington County Housing Authority's Park View Knoll senior housing community, was slated for completion in spring 2001.

Plans have been delayed for several months because the town and Columbia Gas of Maryland Inc., the project's proposed utility supplier, have not been able to agree on a limited franchise agreement, according to a letter Snook read from Richard Willson, director of the Housing Authority.

After more than five months of discussions, the Williamsport Mayor and Town Council on Monday rejected the utility company's franchise proposal.

Though they said the proposal was denied because it differed from past verbal agreements between the town and the utility company, Slayman and several council members voiced their support for the Housing Authority project.

"We haven't closed the door on negotiations," Assistant Mayor James M. Black said. "We want to see this project happen," he said.

Snook said planning money for renovations to Williamsport Elementary School was in the budget for fiscal 2001, and construction funds were budgeted for fiscal years 2002 and 2003.

Funds for replacement of the roof at Springfield Middle School are budgeted for fiscal 2002, Snook said.

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