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J. Herbert Hardin, Democrat

For Washington County Commissioner

For Washington County Commissioner

July 13, 2006

Funding for school facilities and help for senior citizens must become priorities for Washington County, according to J. Herbert Hardin, who is running for county commissioner.

"There are still some people who don't fully understand the needs of education and the needs of public safety in this community," said Hardin, a Democrat.

A retired teacher and principal, Hardin, served on the Board of Education from 1998 to 2002. Since 2002, when he fell short in his bid to become a county commissioner, Hardin has been an active member of the North High stadium committee.

Hardin said the county must use rising tax revenues from assessment hikes to fund the schools' operating needs with increases exceeding 1 percent to 3 percent a year.

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He criticized the County Commissioners for failing to implement the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance earlier and said the county must build new schools and catch up with its renovations of older buildings. County tax surpluses should be put toward school needs, he said.

Hardin, 71, said the county could create tax breaks for senior citizens and disabled people by allowing them to perform tasks and earn credits toward their taxes.

Hardin lives with his wife, Marion, on Meadowbrook Road in Hagerstown.

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