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Keedysville seeks funding for police

May 03, 1999

KEEDYSVILLE - Citing financial difficulties, Keedysville Mayor Lee Brandenburg is asking the Washington County Commissioners for a little help in funding his town's police protection.

Each year Keedysville and Sharpsburg use property tax rebate money awarded by the county and budgets matching funds to pay for one Washington County Sheriff resident deputy to patrol both towns.

Brandenburg, during Monday's council meeting, said he wants to keep the deputy program and pay for it using only the rebate money.

Keedysville received a tax rebate of $3,117 this year, an increase of 8 percent from $2,880 it received in 1998. The rebate is based on the town's population of 464.

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"The rebate keeps growing and as it does we have to match it. I feel we can't afford to keep doing that," Brandenburg said.

Brandenburg said he is waiting to hear from Washington County Administrator Rodney Shoop to determine whether something can be worked out.

Shoop said he plans to meet with Brandenburg in May.

Keedysville Town Council tabled any further discussion of the resident deputy program until then.

- Kimberly Yakowski

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