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Items to be presented to delegation

November 14, 2000

Items to be presented to delegation



Following are requests that the Washington County Commissioners will present to the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly for the 2001 session:

-- Get state authority to impose a county transfer tax, which would piggyback onto the state transfer tax.

-- Allow the clerk of Washington County Circuit Court to waive or reduce fees for collections. This would enable the court to waive fees for the transfer tax.

-- Restore a portion of state property tax to local subdivisions. From 1967 through the early 1990s the state gave to counties grants that were equivalent to a portion of the tax on real property.

-- Authorize the county to maintain a "rainy day" fund, cash reserves to prepare for hard economic times or unforeseen special needs.

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-- Reinstate a statute allowing the county to continue receiving a 5 percent administrative fee to cover the cost of administering the funds from the hotel-motel tax on behalf of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

-- Increase the marriage license fee, which is now $60.

-- Broaden the reach of the enabling law for the animal control ordinance. The controversial part of the request that included catteries was removed from the list.

-- Exempt, for security reasons, competitive bidding for equipment for undercover operations.

-- Allow shows, sales and exhibitions in a tent in a shopping center. The request was made by Prime Retail so it could hold events in its parking lots.

-- Seek state funds for the extension of the Hagerstown Regional Airport runway and costs associated with building two adjacent underpasses where U.S. 11 would go under the runway.

-- Pursue a $2 million subsidy for scheduled commercial service from Hagerstown and two other rural airports to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

-- Seek an appropriation to assist the Hagerstown airport with marketing and other programs.

-- Change the Gaming Commission law to broaden the definition of organizations eligible to receive funds. Branch libraries and the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association would then be eligible to seek funds.

-- Seek tax credits for people doing lead paint abatement.

-- Seek a $100,000 matching grant for the Clear Spring Branch Library.

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