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Washington County briefs

September 20, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Commissioners hold four public hearings



The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday held four public hearings to update residents on Maryland Community Development Block Grant housing and economic development programs.

The programs deal with housing rehabilitation, home buying, fair housing activities and the FedEx Ground packing distribution center in the Hopewell Valley Economic Development Area.

No residents testified about the housing programs, but one person spoke out against the six-year, $1.2 million state grant awarded to FedEx Ground in July 2003.

The state grant went toward the purchase of 114 acres on which to build the 335,000-square-foot distribution center.

County resident James Devine said FedEx was a wealthy corporation that didn't need the money. He called the grant a disservice to taxpayers.

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County, School Board discuss '06 budget



Washington County government and Board of Education officials met Tuesday to discuss fiscal year 2006 budget adjustments and facilities and maintenance projects completed by the School Board during the summer.

The School Board adjusted its fiscal year 2006 budget to yield an increase of $1.2 million. The 2006 fiscal year ended June 30.

Boyd Michael, the School Board's assistant superintendent for school operations, told the County Commissioners the school system completed a number of facility maintenance projects over the summer.

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