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County approves legislative 'wish list'

November 14, 2000

County approves legislative 'wish list'



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Washington County's list of legislative requests, including a $100,000 matching grant for the Clear Spring Branch Library, was approved Tuesday.

The county's 15-item list will be presented to the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly at a Nov. 17 joint meeting.

The list includes a proposal to get enabling authority to implement a county transfer tax and a request for funding of Hagerstown Regional Airport runway extension-related work.

A county transfer tax could bring in $1.2 million a year, County Attorney Richard Douglas said. It would piggyback on an existing state transfer tax.

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The transfer tax would require people to pay 1 percent of the total value of real property transactions. That amount would be in addition to a 1/2 percent transfer tax imposed by the state.

The money from the tax would be used for capital projects, including education, urban redevelopment and agricultural and historic preservation projects.

Last week, the Washington County Commissioners rejected a controversial request that could have required some property owners to get cattery licenses. Another portion of the remaining request would transfer duties previously assigned to the Animal Control Authority to the Humane Society of Washington County.

Two requests were added to the wish list last week: State tax credits for lead paint abatement and a matching grant of $100,000 to construct and furnish the Clear Spring Branch Library.

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