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Local bills pass

April 08, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

A 50 percent salary increase for the next group of Washington County Commissioners won final approval from the Maryland General Assembly on Friday.

With that, all four local bills have cleared the legislature before the deadline of midnight Monday. The bills now await the governor's signature to become law.

Based on the recommendations of a salary study commission, each of the commissioners elected in November will be paid $30,000 a year, up from $20,000. The commissioners president will receive $33,000.

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The study commission also recommended raises for Washington County Orphans' Court judges.

The legislature gave final approval last week to increase the judges' salaries from $6,000 to $7,000 a year.

Judges' annual expense account will remain at $1,000, but the daily allowance for meals will increase from $18 to $30 and their room allowance will increase from $50 to $85.

Two other local bills have passed this session.

One will allow the Washington County Commissioners to exempt the Hagerstown Soccer Club Inc. from paying property taxes on its fields in Cearfoss.

The other will limit the terms for Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees members.

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