Washington County briefs

May 10, 2006|By KAREN HANNA

Money to be split between police, sheriff

More than $15,000 in funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant will be divided equally between the Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Charles F. Mades told the County Commissioners on Tuesday.

According to information provided to the County Commissioners, the city police department will use its share of the grant to fund overtime for officers in CSAFE areas. CSAFE is a community-based, crime-prevention program.

The Sheriff's Department will use its $7,568.50 to support traffic-enforcement initiatives and crime-prevention patrols, and purchase equipment.

Figures reported for overnight visitors

Spending by overnight visitors to Washington County was nearly $190 million last year, according to state figures provided to the County Commissioners by Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The bureau, which showed a deficit of $180,000 in a 2003 audit, finished 2005 with $170,000 in assets, Riford told the County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.


In his annual update to the commissioners, Riford said overnight visitors' spending in the county increased by more than $11 million from 2004 to 2005. Last year, overnight visitors spent $187.7 million in the county, and 1.3 million nights at the county's hotels, motels and campground, Riford said.

According to Riford, tourism accounts for 9.3 percent of Washington County's jobs.

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