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Boonsboro to receive rebate from county

March 28, 2000|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro will receive a $61,689 tax rebate from Washington County for fiscal year 2000, the Washington County Commissioners told town officials during a meeting Tuesday night in Boonsboro.

That's just over 4.4 percent more than the town received the previous year, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

The amount was derived using a population-based formula and is comprised of roughly $44,522 for police protection and $17,166 for parks, Snook said.

Snook later addressed the town's request for some of the county's Project Open Space grant money to help fund the replacement of Boonsboro High School's 25-year-old track.

He said the County Commissioners don't have a problem with using the federal grant funds as long as the Washington County Board of Education is aware it means the new track has to be available to the general public.

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The track is heavily used by the community now and in dire need of replacement, said Cindy Reeder, a "track parent" who said she was representing the school and student athletes at the meeting.

Reeder said the track, built to last about a decade, is so worn that it's unfair to ask other schools' teams to compete on it because they'd have to look out for irregularities.

"Our kids are used to it," she said.

Estimated at $106,000, the project entails putting a new rubberized track on the existing base and converting the track from yards to meters, Reeder said.

The community is behind the project and has pledged $50,000 toward its cost, she said.

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