Six ag preservation districts get nod from commissioners

December 07, 1999

The Washington County Commissioner Tuesday approved six agricultural preservation districts.

Washington County gives a property tax credit to landowners who commit to keeping their land in preservation districts for 10 years. Matching funds for the program come from the state.

The tax credits for the six properties will be about $9,500 a year. All properties are working farms, said Eric Seifarth,

Nobody attended an advertised public hearing on the properties at the meeting.

The properties include:

* 74 acres owned by Donald and Carol Johnson along the east side of Reed Road and one mile south of Brownsville.


* 200 acres owned by I. David Shank and Linda Shank on the north and south side of Lehman's Mill Road three miles northeast of Hagerstown.

* 117 acres owned by Tracy Edward Thomas and Brenda Lee Thomas on the south side of Maryland 68 (Lappans Road) and two miles west of Boonsboro.

* 260 acres owned by Robert A. Coffman and Margarete Coffman on the north side of Maryland 63 and 200 feet east of Maryland 632 in Downsville.

* Another 188 acres owned by the Coffmans at the same location.

* 42 acres owned by Lewis and Linda Taulton along the north side of Brownsville Road near Brownsville.

- Scott Butki

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