County revenue projected to be $17.6 million more in coming yea

March 28, 2007|by TAMELA BAKER

HAGERSTOWN - It's a sure sign of spring when local governments spend the major chunk of their time reviewing budgets for the new fiscal year.

On Tuesday, the Washington County Commissioners heard that the county is projected to have nearly $17.6 million more in revenues to pay for next year's fiscal budget than revenue projected for this year. Fiscal year 2008 begins July 1.

The projected increase is about 10 percent from anticipated revenue for the current year's projection of $177.4 million. Nevertheless, Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray told the commissioners that county budget increases for fiscal year 2008 were being held to about 3 percent.

Most of the new money is coming from real estate taxes - expected to generate an additional $10.8 million next year - and income tax, expected to produce an additional $4.8 million.


But she warned the commissioners that revenue likely would increase by only 4 percent in fiscal year 2009, as growth in real estate taxes are expected to diminish and market values stabilize. Even so, she said revenue is expected to top $200 million that year.

The commissioners also reviewed capital budget requests from its solid waste and transit departments as well as Hagerstown Community College and Hagerstown Regional Airport.

The solid waste department is seeking $5.5 million in the fiscal 2008 budget for construction projects at the Forty West and Resh Road landfills, including design and construction of a handling area for construction and demolition waste at the Forty West Landfill.

The transit department is seeking $75,000 for vehicle repairs and replacement. Additional funds are to be provided from state and federal sources.

The Hagerstown Regional Airport has requested $12,500 for land acquisition, with additional money to be provided from state and federal sources.

Hagerstown Community College has asked for $4.7 million for renovation at its Career Programs Building.

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