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Arts, entertainment businesses around square get a tax break

November 07, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Arts and entertainment businesses in a four-block area around Public Square are eligible for exemptions from the city's admission and amusements tax, Planning Director Kathleen Maher said Thursday.

The Washington County Playhouse, for example, can get an exemption, she said.

Effective Oct. 23, the City Code was amended to allow for two new tax incentives, she said.

The second incentive is a tax credit on property used as housing for artists or for arts and entertainment-related businesses, she said. The tax incentives are for 10 years.

The credits are for property in Hagerstown's downtown Arts and Entertainment District, which has received a state designation as a Smart Growth-Arts and Entertainment District, she said.

While she has received calls from artists interested in learning more about the tax incentives, nobody has applied, Maher said.

For more information call Maher at 301-739-8577 ext. 138.

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