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Delegation OK with excise-tax bill

February 22, 2007|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Washington County's state lawmakers agreed Wednesday to file a bill to let the county change its excise-tax structure for one year.

If the bill is approved, the county can lift its tax cap on new residential construction, which is $13,000 for single-family homes and $15,500 per unit for multi-family homes.

The county would come up with a graduated fee system based on square footage, charging more for larger homes.

The new fee structure would be in effect only for fiscal year 2008. After that, the old structure would return.

Members of the Washington County delegation were ready to discuss the proposal at their meeting last week, but they hadn't seen a draft version of the bill.

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