County Commissioners briefs

June 10, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Human resources merger discussed

The Washington County Commissioners and the Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to look into the consolidation of both agencies' human resources departments and other services.

The two boards discussed the possible moves as a way to save money.

School Board member Roxanne Ober said the possible consolidations might allow the School Board to focus more on educating students.

Public hearings held on proposed tax rates

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday held public hearings on the proposed excise and transfer tax rates.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the County Commissioners might vote on the rates next Tuesday.

Most of those who spoke at the public hearings said they supported the taxes.

The excise tax would be levied at a rate of $1 per square foot on the construction of all multi-family units and a graduated multi-year rate on single-family homes starting at 25 cents per square foot for fiscal year 2004, rising to fifty cents for fiscal year 2005 and to 75 cents for fiscal year 2006.


Excise tax revenues may be used for school renovation and construction, public safety capital expenses, public infrastructure projects and debt reduction, according to a county document.

The transfer tax would be set at .5 percent on transfers of residential properties with an exemption of the first $50,000. Transfer tax revenues may be used for school renovation and construction; public safety, including grants and loans to volunteer fire and rescue companies for capital expenses; transportation projects and debt reduction, according to a county document.

At least $400,000 a year must go toward agricultural land preservation and other agricultural measures.

Airport cuts ribbon for new business

The Hagerstown Regional Airport on Tuesday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new business at the airfield.

Rider Jet Center opened in March as a full-service fixed base operator, according to a written statement from the airport.

The center provides high-quality fueling and maintenance services, aviator related items, flight training and testing, among other offerings, the statement said.

The Washington County Commissioners attended the ceremony at the airport Tuesday.

Two engineering positions sought

Washington County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer and Chief Engineer Terry McGee asked the County Commissioners on Tuesday to consider raising engineering review fees to pay for two new positions in the engineering department.

The County Commissioners approved the advertising of the positions, but plan to discuss the fee structure at a future meeting.

The positions are needed to handle an increased workload, Rohrer and McGee said.

Fourth St. James Park request denied

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday denied a fourth request for an extension of the St. James Park Special Taxing District.

The special taxing district would have enabled the tax revenues and the proceeds of any bonds issued to go toward improvements for the benefit of the property within the St. James District.

A 773-residential unit development, called Westfields, has been proposed for the district, which is near Sharpsburg Pike and Lappans Road.

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