Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening will sign legislation today to increase Washington County's lodging tax and provide for extra water and sewer debt relief.
Glendening will sign into law more than 200 bills during a ceremony this morning in Annapolis.
Among them are six local bills that were passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 90-day session that ended earlier this month.
Effective July 1, the county's hotel tax will double from 3 percent to 6 percent.
The new money will help cover an extra $500,000 a year to reduce the county's $52 million water and sewer debt.
Another $300,000 a year will go toward tourism projects such as a new minor league baseball stadium.
The law requires that Hagerstown and Washington County governments do a comprehensive study before any of the money can be spent on a stadium