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County to reimburse Williamsport more money for services

March 22, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WILLIAMSPORT - Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Tuesday that the county will reimburse Williamsport more this year for police and parks services.

The county's tax setoff system reimburses municipalities for partly paying their own way for county services within their borders.

The calculations are based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income.

Williamsport will receive $56,457 in fiscal year 2006, up 8.9 percent from the previous year, according to a county document summarizing the tax setoffs.

The county commissioners met with Mayor James G. McCleaf II and the Williamsport Town Council on Tuesday evening to review the data.

In a short presentation, Snook explained the system.

He also noted that the town's assessable tax base has increased from $90.9 million in fiscal year 2004 to $93.8 million the next year, or about 3 percent.

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Town officials later praised the county for its efficient helpfulness.

"It's been wonderful," McCleaf said.

"I can't imagine a better partner than Washington County," Councilman Jeff Cline said.

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