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Smithsburg briefs

September 06, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Homestead tax exemption is lowered



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council voted in favor of lowering the homestead tax exemption to 5 percent at its meeting Tuesday.

The previous exemption was 10 percent.

The town's attorney, Charles Wagaman, explained that the tax exemption places a cap on the amount that taxable assessments can increase.

Lower homestead exemption rates shift the real property tax burden to new homes, older homes newly purchased or changing ownership, rental residential property, business and commercial property, and homes reassessed because of remodeling, Wagaman said.




Work planned for pump station bridge



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Public Works department is gearing up for maintenance work on a bridge to the Smithsburg pump station, William Loughridge, public works director, said at the town council meeting Tuesday.

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The bridge, which is on private property, almost washed out in July, Loughridge said.

Strengthening the bridge with concrete abutments and additional steel beams will cost about $13,000, he said.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the money would come from the town's water fund.

Councilman Jerome Martin said that, for its protection, the town should have an engineer certify the bridge's new specifications.




Man wins Harley at fire company raffle



SMITHSBURG - Ronnie Welsh of Waynesboro, Pa., won a 2006 Harley-Davidson Softtail motorcycle at an Aug. 26 raffle sponsored by the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., President Phil Rohrer said.

Other winners were Steve White of Smithsburg, who won a Harley gun safe; and Kenneth Ball of Smithsburg, who won a Ruger Red Label 12-gauge over/under shotgun.




Basket bingo slated for Sept. 16



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. auxiliary is planning a basket bingo on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

For reservations, call 301-824-2888 or 301-797-9356.




Trick-or-treat night scheduled for Oct. 31



SMITHSBURG - At its meeting Tuesday night, the Smithsburg Town Council voted to hold its annual trick-or-treat night on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The town council asked homeowners to leave their front lights on for trick-or-treaters.

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