Two top Washington County officials asked the County Commissioners Tuesday to consider new ways to generate revenue, possibly including new taxes, for the next fiscal year.
The commissioners took no action after the presentation by Planning Director Robert Arch and Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian.
County Administrator Rodney Shoop said that part of his job is to get the County Commissioners to start thinking early in the fiscal year about what big changes they want to make, including new expenses and new taxes.
"This is an evolving process. This is an open discussion," Shoop said.
The fiscal year began July 1, but Bastian and Arch are starting to develop the next budget, including the next Capital Improvement Program.
If the commissioners want to spend more money on the proposed University System of Maryland, Hagerstown center, help build new county libraries or fund other large projects, the commissioners need to identify funding sources.