Smithsburg receives setoff funds

January 18, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SMITHSBURG - The Town of Smithsburg received $64,859 in annual tax setoff money Tuesday from Washington County.

The Washington County Commissioners discussed the details of the rebate at Smithsburg Town Hall at an annual joint meeting.

Smithsburg received $5,287 more in tax setoff dollars this year. Of the money it received, $51,635 was allocated for police and $13,224 was allocated for parks, according to county records.

Smithsburg is the third-largest municipality in Washington County. With a population of around 2,100, the town also has the county's third-largest assessable tax base.

Washington County grants rebates, or tax setoffs, to towns and cities that offer services similar to what the county provides. The county gave a total of $1,088,257 for police and $291,991 for parks, according to a report prepared by the Washington County Department of Budget and Finance.


The nearly $1.4 million in tax setoffs is up nearly 9 percent from last year, said Gregory I. Snook, president of the Washington County Commissioners.

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

Unlike past years, Snook said towns and cities experienced more growth than the county.

Hagerstown and Boonsboro received the largest rebates - $1,108,797 and $84,715, respectively.

The Washington County Commissioners will visit Keedysville Town Hall Jan. 23 to present rebates to the town councils of Keedysville and Sharpsburg.

Sharpsburg will receive a $4,258 rebate, while Keedysville will receive $2,699.

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