HAGERSTOWN - Director Ron Maxwell has made a first payment on the $300,000 he owes Washington County after being unable to begin production of the Civil War movie "The Last Full Measure," Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Tuesday.
Snook said Maxwell's first payment was made two or three weeks ago and was just less than $20,000, part of a series of payments he is to make over the next five years.
Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell prompted the discussion at Tuesday's County Commissioners meeting by questioning whether Maxwell had begun paying back the money.
The previous board of commissioners agreed by a 4-1 vote in October 2002 to lend the money to Maxwell to shoot much of "The Last Full Measure" in the county. The money was to be used for screenwriting and other preproduction costs. The commissioners used money generated by the hotel/motel tax for the loan.