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Proposal would set different tax rates

February 22, 2001

Proposal would set different tax rates



The joint Washington County and City of Hagerstown tax setoff committee is looking into the possibility of replacing the current tax setoff payment with a system that would establish different tax rates for county residents living inside and those living outside of municipalities.

The different tax rates would be replace the annual tax setoff payments the county now makes to municipal governments.

County Commissioner William J. Wivell, who is a member of the joint committee, said, "We're just doing some fact finding and will come back with results. ... We're investigating it."

Wivell said he supports what he calls a tax rate differential over a tax setoff, because with a tax rate differential "the money would go directly to taxpayers through a lower (tax) rate" instead of going to the municipalities.

City Finance Director Al Martin, who is working with the committee, said the review probably would be completed in the summer.

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The tax setoff committee is made up of City Councilmen Alfred W. Boyer and William M. Breichner, County Commissioners Bert L. Iseminger and Wivell, Martin, City Planning Director Ric Kautz, and County Budget and Finance Director Debra Bastian.

- Dan Kulin

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