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March 26, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Four tracts of land slated for preservation


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to place four pieces of property in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

The county provides property tax credits to landowners who commit to a 10-year-agricultural land preservation district. The land is then prohibited from development for 10 years.

The County Commissioners agreed to enter the following properties into the program:

  • 210.92 acres along the east side of Big Pool Road (Md. 56), three miles southwest of Clear Spring. The land is owned by Robert, Andrew, Boyd and Joseph Michael and Susan Michael-Hoelschen.

  • 211.88 acres along the east side of Big Pool Road (Md. 56), three miles southwest of Clear Spring. The land is owned by Robert, Andrew, Boyd and Joseph Michael and Susan Michael-Hoelschen.

  • 125 acres at 19826 Benevola Newcomer Road in Boonsboro. The land is owned by Richard and Kathleen Newcomer.

  • 53.34 acres at 16651 Spielman Road in Fairplay. The land is owned by Robert W. and Ruth A. Ziem.






Library officials request $1.63 million


Washington County Free Library officials on Tuesday asked the County Commissioners for a $1.63 million contribution for fiscal year 2004, a $117,480 increase over the county's contribution for this fiscal year.

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The county gave the library $1.52 million for fiscal year 2003.

The library's total proposed fiscal year 2004 budget is $2.75 million, according to county documents. The fiscal year 2004 budget begins on July 1.

Library officials said the increase from the county is necessary to raise employees' salaries by 3 percent, or a total increase of $29,878. They also expect health insurance costs to increase by $30,000 and utility expenses at the Clear Spring branch library to increase by $4,500.

The library also budgeted a $38,000 increase for computer-related expenses and an additional $18,000 for the book budget.

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