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Delegation's funding proposal

February 05, 2000

Here are highlights of the Washington County Delegation's plan to pay down the county's water and sewer debt and finance tourism projects such as a minor league baseball stadium:

* The county's hotel-motel tax would double from the current 3 percent to 6 percent, generating an estimated $923,578 a year.

* Each of the municipalities would split 40 percent of the total, to be used for economic development or tourism.

* The city of Hagerstown would get an estimated $283,353 annually for a new stadium or other economic development projects.

* The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau would get 45 percent of the total room tax, capped at $500,000 a year.

* The Washington County Economic Development Commission would get 15 percent of the room tax, freeing up money for the county to put toward water-sewer debt reduction.

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* The Gaming Commission funding formula would change, decreasing the amount going to charity by 10 percent.

* Fire and rescue companies would get a larger share of the gaming fund, which would free up more money for the county to put toward the water and sewer debt.

* The county would be required to put $400,000 a year toward reducing the $9 million pre-treatment plant debt.

* All profits from the pre-treatment plant would have to be used to stabilize and reduce water and sewer rates.

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