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Tax set-off money going to 9 towns

January 09, 2006|by TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Municipalities will receive nearly $1.4 million in tax setoff money from Washington County in fiscal year 2006, a slight increase over the previous fiscal year.

The county will distribute $1,382,248 to nine municipalities, $112,627 more than what was handed out last fiscal year. The County Commissioners allocated $1,269,622 to the municipalities last year.

Fiscal year 2006 began July 1, 2005.

The tax setoff money partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and roads services. It is calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income, according to the county's tax setoff report.

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The commissioners have scheduled a series of meetings with the municipalities to discuss their shares of the money.

The City of Hagerstown will receive the largest allocation at $1,108,797, up from the $1,018,423 it received last fiscal year.

The commissioners have scheduled a meeting with the city Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. to discuss the tax setoff information.

Boonsboro will receive the second-largest amount at $84,715. That's $6,905 more than the $77,810 it received in fiscal year 2005.

The commissioners' tax setoff meeting with Boonsboro is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center at Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro.

Following are the meeting times, locations and tax setoff amounts for the remaining seven towns that will receive money.

  • Smithsburg - Jan. 17, 7 p.m., at Smithsburg Town Hall. Smithsburg will receive $64,859, which is $5,287 more than the $59,572 it received last year.

  • Keedysville - Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at Keedysville Town Hall. Keedysville will receive $2,970, a $271 increase over last year. The town received $2,699 in fiscal year 2005.

  • Sharpsburg - Same time, date and location as Keedysville. Sharpsburg's allocation will be $4,258, a $387 increase over last year. Sharpsburg received $3,871 in fiscal year 2005.

  • Funkstown - Feb. 28, 7 p.m., at Funkstown Town Hall. The town will receive $6,057, a $551 increase over last year. Funkstown received $5,506 in fiscal year 2005.

  • Williamsport - March 21, 7 p.m., at Williamsport Town Hall. Williamsport will receive $56,457, a $4,602 increase over the $51,855 the commissioners allocated in fiscal year 2005.

  • Hancock - April 4, 7 p.m., at Hancock Town Hall. The county will give the town $52,135, a $4,249 increase over last year. Hancock received $47,886 in fiscal year 2005.

  • Clear Spring - Same time, date and location as Hancock. Clear Spring will receive $2,000, which is the same amount as last year.
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