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Municipalities to get $1.6 million in tax-setoff funding

February 02, 2007|by TARA REILLY

Washington County will reimburse nine municipalities nearly $1.6 million this fiscal year for providing certain government services.

Most of the money will go to the City of Hagerstown.

The tax setoff allocation is a partial payback for police, parks and roads services provided by the municipalities.

It is calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income.

The total amount to be distributed is $1,560,700. Of that amount, Hagerstown will receive $1,253,286.

Boonsboro will receive the second-highest amount, at $95,755. Clear Spring will receive $2,000, the least of all municipalities.

The Washington County Commissioners plan to announce the distributions to the towns during a brief presentation at a local Maryland Municipal League meeting in March.

Until this year, the commissioners met with each of the municipalities to go over the tax setoff information. They decided this time to give one presentation, rather than present the same information several times.

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