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Towns get $136,961 more in tax rebates for fiscal year

January 15, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Eight of Washington County's nine municipalities will receive more property tax rebate money this fiscal year.

Washington County will disburse $136,951 more in rebates, or tax setoff money, than in the last fiscal year, according to county documents.

The rebates partially reimburse Hagerstown and other municipalities for police, parks and roads services.

The county will allocate $1.25 million to the municipalities, up from the last fiscal year's contribution of $1.12 million. That's an increase of 12.2 percent over last fiscal year, which was fiscal year 2003.

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

Hagerstown will receive the largest rebate at just more than $1 million, which is a 12.27 percent increase over 2003's allocation of $899,063, according to county documents.

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Boonsboro will receive the second largest amount, $77,122, up from last year's rebate of $68,691, or a 12.27 percent increase.

The County Commissioners met with the Boonsboro Town Council Tuesday night to discuss that town's rebate.

The commissioners plan to meet with Hagerstown and the following towns through April to go over their rebates. The amounts of money and dates of the meetings with the commissioners are listed:

--Smithsburg Town Council, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Smithsburg Town Hall. Smithsburg will receive $59,045, up from $52,591 last year.

--Funkstown Town Council, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Funkstown Town Hall. Funkstown will receive $5,656, up from $5,239 last year.

--Hagerstown, Feb. 17, no location listed.

--Keedysville Town Council, Feb. 24 joint tax setoff meeting with the Sharpsburg Town Council at 7 p.m. at Keedysville Town Hall. Keedysville will receive $2,772, up from $2,569 last year.

--Sharspburg Town Council, same meeting time and location as Keedysville. Sharpsburg will receive $3,976, up from $3,683 last year.

--Williamsport Town Council, 7 p.m. at Williamsport Town Hall. Williamsport will receive $51,397, up from $45,778 last year.

--Hancock Town Council, April 13 joint tax setoff meeting with the Clear Spring Town Council at Hancock Town Hall. Hancock will receive $47,462, up from $42,273 last year.

--Clear Spring Town Council, same meeting time and location as Hancock. Clear Spring will receive $2,000, which was the same amount as last year.

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