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Keedysville decides to keep police plan

June 07, 1999|By ERIN HEATH

KEEDYSVILLE - The Keedysville Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to keep the town's existing police protection program. Under the program, Keedysville and Sharpsburg use property tax rebate money along with matching funds to pay for a Washington County Sheriff's Department resident deputy to patrol both towns.

This year Keedysville received a tax rebate of $3,117, which was based on the town's population of 464. The rebate was more than an 8 percent increase from the $2,880 it received last year.

In previous meetings, the council had discussed changing the plan because of the increase in the tax rebate, which made it harder to match the funds to pay for the program.

Councilwoman Yvonne Hope said Keedysville needed some form of police protection.

"Is it worth another $3, 000 from the town's funds to have that peace of mind?" she said.

Council members discussed keeping the original plan or going with an alternate plan, in which the town would use the tax rebate money to pay $20 an hour for exclusive police coverage in Keedysville.

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Under the current program, the town would pay about $12.50 an hour, according to Councilman James Kerns, but it would share police coverage with Sharpsburg and the surrounding areas.

Kerns said there were 112 documented calls from Keedysville to the police from May 1998 to April 1999, showing an average of about one call every three days.

Kerns made the motion for the council to keep the original police protection system. "I know Deputy (Kenneth) Cain will do the job we want done," he said.

The council unanimously approved continuation of the current police protection plan.

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