County briefs

October 15, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Panel issues bonds

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday issued $19.7 million in bonds to refund previous bonds and to generate $5.4 million in future education and airport capital projects.

Moody's Investors Service assigned an A1 rating and a positive outlook to the county's bonds, which means Moody's anticipates the county's economic and financial performance to remain strong and its tax base to continue to grow, according to a written statement.

County Director of Budget and Finance Debra Bastian said if the county's healthy performance continues, it might receive a rating upgrade.

Morgan Stanley purchased the bonds at an interest rate of 3.59 percent.

According to the statement from Moody's, the county's tax base has grown at an average rate of 5 percent per year over the past five years. The county's economic development program brought 586 new jobs and $136.8 million in new investment to the county in fiscal year 2003, according to the statement.


White Cane Safety Day is proclaimed

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed the day as White Cane Safety Day throughout the county.

Commissioner Doris J. Nipps presented the proclamation to Allen L. McGinley, president of the Appalachian Trail Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

The proclamation asks for public awareness of the white cane as a symbol of independence and freedom for blind people, and also to promote awareness of the blind as equal and productive citizens, according to a county document.

McKoy receives honor

Hagerstown Police Officer Brett McKoy received Washington County's Most Wonderful Citizens award, county officials said Tuesday.

The honor is part of the Maryland You Are Beautiful program.

County Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said Tuesday night that McKoy received the award for his work with the Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League.

McKoy is PAL's president and co-founder.

McKoy will be honored at a state ceremony on Nov. 12 and will be eligible for the overall state award, Wivell said.

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