Tax setoffs down
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer
The city of Hagerstown and the towns in Washington County will receive an average of 9 percent less in tax setoffs this year for several reasons, including less growth in the municipalities, Washington County officials said.
The county last year paid out a total of $1.1 million to Hagerstown and the towns to reimburse them for money spent on police and parks.
The county setoff, also known as a tax rebate, partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services they provide.
This year the amount drops to $1 million. The allocations are based on costs in fiscal year 2000, which ended last July.
The main reason for the decrease is that most growth of taxable income and the tax base occurred outside of the city and towns, county officials said.