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Metzner wants to know limits of city tax setoff

November 09, 2000

Metzner wants to know limits of city tax setoff



Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner has asked for city attorneys to research the legality of limits on the city's annual rebate from the Washington County Commissioners.

The rebate is also known as the tax setoff or tax differential. It is intended to represent the savings realized by the county because the city provided services such as police protection to county residents living in the city.

For the current fiscal year, the city's tax setoff from the Washington County government is $894,294.

The tax setoff is calculated based on population, assessable tax base, and taxable income, but there are caps on how much the city can receive in the setoff.

Al Martin, city finance director, said without the limits the city would have received an additional $734,358 from the county this year.

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If city attorneys conclude the limits are illegal, then the city would have a stronger argument for lifting those limits, Metzner said.

He said the city should not consider suing the county government to get the limits lifted.

- Dan Kulin

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