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Washington County briefs

February 08, 2006|by TARA REILLY

'State of the Theatre' slated for March 22



The Maryland Theatre plans to address the public next month about future plans for the venue.

Executive Director Brian Sullivan told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday he is planning a "State of the Theatre" address March 22.

Some of the ideas for the theater include more family shows, education-based entertainment, tours of the facility, independent films, documentaries and children's films.




Herbst reappointed to agricultural board



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday reappointed David Herbst to the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board.

Herbst's first term expires March 31. Each term is five years, according to information provided by the county.




Resident wants property tax rate cut



Rohrersville resident Tom Berry asked the Washington County Commissioners to cut the county's property tax rate.

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He said a tax cut is needed as property assessments continue to rise. He also said he supports lowering the cap on how much assessments can rise a year.

The commissioners have proposed giving residential property owners $100 rebates, but Berry said that was "kind of not equitable."

"Go back and play it safe and just cut the tax rate," Berry said.




Departments present fiscal 2007 budgets



Two Washington County department directors presented their proposed budgets to the County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Transportation Director Kevin Cerrone said the proposed transportation operating budget for fiscal year 2007 was $2,056,650.

That amount is $57,195 more than the current fiscal year's budget of $1,999,455.

The Highway Department's proposed operating budget is $9,325,520 for the coming fiscal year, Highway Director Ted Wolford said.

That's a $1,005,944 increase over the current year's budget of $8,319,576.

Fiscal year 2007 begins July 1.

After the presentation, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook presented Wolford with a framed county seal.

Wolford is retiring after 37 years with the county. Tuesday was his last budget presentation to the commissioners.

Senior staff members of the Division of Public Works also presented Wolford with a plaque.

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