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Commissioners tell towns how much tax money they'll get back

March 01, 2001

Commissioners tell towns how much tax money they'll get back



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Hancock and Clear Spring elected town officials were told of their tax setoff amounts during a meeting Tuesday night with the Washington County Commissioners at the Clear Spring Town Hall.

The county setoff, also known as a tax rebate, partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services they provide.

The town of Clear Spring is receiving a $2,000 setoff this fiscal year, the same amount as last year, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

The town of Hancock is getting $44,212 this year, down from $48,593 last year. That amount includes $32,067 for police and $12,145 for parks.

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The City of Hagerstown and most of the towns in Washington County will receive an average of 9 percent less in tax setoffs this year for several reasons, including the fact that there was less growth in the municipalities, Washington County officials said.

Clear Spring is the only town that is not receiving less money this year, Snook said.

The county last year paid out $1.1 million to towns and the City of Hagerstown to reimburse them for money spent on police and parks. That number drops to $1 million this year. The allocations are based on costs in fiscal year 2000, which ended last July.

Snook said a 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 in and those living outside of municipalities.

Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy expressed interest in the impact on the town, but county officials said it was too soon to say.

Clear Spring Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz thanked the county for its help.

Snook praised Clear Spring and Hancock for projects in their towns, including the Monterey House in Hancock and the planned library in Clear Spring.

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