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Bruchey says city should get more cash from county tax rebate

December 22, 1999

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II on Tuesday told the Washington County Commissioners that the city should receive more money from the annual county tax setoff.

But the commissioners told him a joint tax setoff committee needs more time to do its work.

Committee members include Bruchey, City Councilman William M. Breichner and County Commissioners Bert L. Iseminger and William J. Wivell.

Bruchey said the county government should increase the amount of money provided to the city to help offset the cost of police protection. Currently that amount is capped.

"Every one of you have said ... downtown's not safe. So here's your chance to step up to the plate and say 'OK, we're going to help make Hagerstown safe,'" Bruchey said.

Iseminger and Commissioners John L. Schnebly and Gregory I. Snook said the matter needs to be extensively discussed in committee.

The commissioners said the matter needs to be reviewed in light of the entire tax setoff situation and possible city and county consolidation of services discussion.

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- Dan Kulin

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