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Home rule task force to share suggestions today

March 07, 2006|by TARA REILLY

A home rule task force studying a possible change in Washington County's type of government will present three recommendations to the County Commissioners today.

The discussion is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. in the commissioners' meeting room in the County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

The group studied code and charter home rule governments, both of which would give the county more authority to create local laws than it currently has under the commission form of government.

The commissioners now must wait for state approval before they may enact many local laws.

Commissioner John C. Munson said by phone Monday that he opposes switching to either form of home rule, and he didn't think the task force's report would change his mind.

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"I think we need the oversight in Annapolis," Munson said. "It's scary without that oversight."

Munson said voters twice have voted against switching to home rule.

The commissioners appointed the task force Sept. 28. It has met six times between November and February, according to information included with the commissioners' meeting agenda.

- Tara Reilly

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