Commissioner backs off his transfer tax position
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer
Washington County Commissioner Bert Iseminger has backed off plans to ask local delegation members to tell the county by Dec. 1 whether they would support a county request for state legislation enabling the county to impose a transfer tax.
On Tuesday, Iseminger wanted an answer by Dec. 1 because that's the deadline to file this year's county request for participation in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program. He wants to use transfer tax proceeds to pay for the county's program participation.
The commissioners took no action on his request.
On Wednesday, Iseminger said he decided not to call the delegation because asking for a decision that fast is unrealistic.
Commissioners President Greg Snook told Iseminger during Tuesday's meeting he was skeptical the delegation would provide an answer that fast.
The commissioners on Tuesday were scheduled to consider committing $304,000 to the ag land preservation program, using money from the ag transfer tax. Last year the county made a $205,750 commitment, of which $80,570 came from its general fund and the rest from tax proceeds.