When it comes to the Washington County Commissioners' proposal to rezone rural land, one thing is clear: Either way, the taxpayers will have to foot the bill. The sooner citizens decide which option they'd rather pay for, the better off they'll be.
Those options will be discussed tonight at 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. That's when the Rural Area Zoning Task Force will present its report.
The task force was appointed by the commissioners after many citizens protested the county plan to reduce the number of homes allowed on several classifications of rural land.
On Saturday, The Herald-Mail's Tara Reilly reported that the task force report found that the proposed rezoning would devalue land. To compensate for that devaluation, the task force recommended that the county pay landowners for their lost equity.