Commissioners discuss budget

April 11, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Washington County's proposed $178.1 million budget for the coming fiscal year includes spending $95.1 million on education.

The County Commissioners on Monday discussed the proposed spending plan, which is a $17.2 million increase over the current year's budget.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for May 9 at 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

If approved by the commissioners, the budget would take effect in fiscal year 2007, which begins July 1, 2006.

The budget does not include a real property tax increase.

Of the proposed education spending, $83.3 million would go toward the Board of Education's operating budget.

The proposed allocation, which includes $252,149 for crossing guards and $64,840 for the Judith Center, falls just short of fully funding the School Board's request of $84.6 million.


"It's pretty darn close," Commissioner John C. Munson said after the meeting.

The county also has proposed a little more than $3 million to pay for school nurses, an increase of $545,736 over the current fiscal year's budget.

Hagerstown Community College would receive $6.9 million from the county, a 15 percent increase over the amount the commissioners gave in this year's budget.

The Sheriff's Department is proposed to receive $17.9 million, an increase of $2.26 million over this year's allocation.

The county anticipates receiving $97.4 million in fiscal year 2007 in property tax revenue. That amount includes $87 million in real estate tax revenue, a $10.7 million increase over the current fiscal year's revenue.

The proposed budget includes $59.5 million in income tax revenue, an increase of a little more than $3 million over the current fiscal year.

Public hearing

What: Washington County's proposed budget for fiscal year 2007

When: May 9, 7 p.m.

Where: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College

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