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Smithsburg OKs growth ordinance

February 08, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that would help the county's second-largest municipality handle growth.

In a 4-1 vote, the council approved revisions to its Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO), which helps ensure the town's schools, roads and other pubic services can adequately sustain growth.

The revisions will mirror Washington County's APFO. In return, the town will receive a portion of the county's excise tax, according to Washington County's Excise Tax Ordinance.

Councilman Jerome Martin said he voted against changing the town's ordinance, saying that the county APFO lacked teeth and wouldn't be enough to prevent further overcrowding at schools.

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Smithsburg High School already is over capacity, Martin said.

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