Community residents request tax rebate
About 100 residents of a Hagerstown gated community attended a Hagerstown City Council work session Tuesday to submit a petition asking for a tax rebate for city services not provided to them.
Mayor William M. Breichner said the city will consider their request, but Councilman Lewis Metzner said he would be shocked if the city gave them any money.
The residents are part of the homeowners association at Summerland Manor, a gated community off Security Road.
Group spokesman Frank Sullivan said it is not fair that the residents pay city taxes but do not, for example, get electricity from City Light.
Summerland Manor provides many of its own services, including a security force, road maintenance, snow removal, trash collection and landscaping.
The petition was signed by 162 homeowners from the community, which has about 175 houses, Sullivan said.
Senior citizens living in the community are concerned about how long they can afford to pay both city and county taxes, Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said.