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Candidate Snook says county could use more deputies

Gregory I. Snook, Republican

Gregory I. Snook, Republican

August 13, 2002

Editor's note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Tomorrow: Ron Rowe

Gregory I. Snook
44
Republican
Owner, Greenlawn Cemetery
16025 Cloverton Lane, Williamsport

1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

Snook said the county has been "more than fair over the last four years." He said he would support increases in the coming years to start new initiatives, but said much of the money should come from the state, which has promised large increases.

2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

Not at this time. Snook said the county is taking over the maintenance and utility costs for fire and rescue stations. Because some communities do not support their local fire companies with donations, the county may have to consider some type of targeted tax in the future, he said. With a tax would come greater accountability on the part of the fire and rescue companies, he said.

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3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

Not at this time. The community has not supported the Hagerstown Suns baseball program through attendance, he said. "Unless the community and businesses support it, I don't think the county should get involved."

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where should the money come from?

Public safety expectations are higher since Sept. 11. Snook believes an extra one or two deputies is probably needed. The money would have to come from the general fund.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

Snook said the three top issues are increasing business growth and development in order to maintain the tax base, upgrading roads and intersections to make them safer and improving the county's bond rating in order to reduce interest costs.

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