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County denies developer's tax request

April 26, 2006|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday rejected a request by a developer to pay a lower excise tax on a proposed work-force housing project in Maugansville.

The county charges a $15,500 per unit excise tax on apartments. The tax on single-family homes is $13,000.

John Schuster of SIS Properties LLC asked the commissioners to reduce the tax to $1 per square foot for the project, which he described as a "work-force housing" complex.

The 24-unit apartment complex would be adjacent to Schuster's Greenside Apartments.

Schuster said last week the current excise tax would make building work-force housing impossible.

The commissioners said Tuesday they weren't interested in lowering the excise tax for the project.

Schuster said by phone last week that if the request were denied, he still planned to develop the property.

The development, however, would not consist of work-force housing. He said the property likely would consist of multifamily units.

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