BOONSBORO - A revised adequate public facilities ordinance that would tie approval of new development in Boonsboro to school capacity passed its first test Tuesday night.
The Boonsboro Town Council voted on first reading to bring its APFO in line with the Washington County Commissioners' measure that in part bases development approval on school capacity. In a second measure, the council voted to introduce a resolution exempting the business district from excise taxes.
According to Mayor Charles "Skip" F. Kauffman, by bringing the APFO in compliance with the county's ordinance, Boonsboro would be eligible for up to 28 percent of the excise taxes the county would collect.
In a related vote, the council approved establishing the town's business district as a redevelopment area. According to Town Planner James Brittain, the measure exempts property owners in the business district from excise taxes, "the premise being to encourage investment ... inside the development area."