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February 19, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Hagerstown to receive $899,063 tax setoff


The City of Hagerstown will receive $899,063 in property tax rebate money for fiscal year 2003, the Washington County Commissioners told the City Council at a Tuesday meeting.

That is a 9.55 percent increase over the $820,663 the city received last year.

The rebate, known as tax setoff money, partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services.

The county will allocate $1.12 million to municipalities this year. That is $95,370 more than last year's allocation of about $1.03 million, an increase of 9.29 percent, according to county documents.

The tax setoff is calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income.




Maryland firm offers low demolition bid


Hagerstown City Engineer Rodney Tissue said Tuesday a Glen Burnie, Md., company had the lowest bid on the combined project of demolishing the former McCrory's building and the former four-story Grand Piano Warehouse in downtown Hagerstown.

He said Dirt Xpress bid $152,420 on the project, which is about one half of what the city estimated.

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Tissue said the city also received other bids, all of which were under budget.

He said he would make a recommendation to the Hagerstown City Council at an upcoming meeting on which bid to accept.

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