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City Council briefs

September 12, 2007

Council to meet with County Delegation



Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and the Hagerstown City Council are scheduled to meet with the Washington County Delegation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 in City Hall.

City officials and the delegation will discuss Hagers- town's legislative priorities, such as revenue sharing and the prisoner release program.

City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said during a Tuesday council work session that the discussion should focus on the city receiving its fair share of the hotel-motel tax.

"I wouldn't discuss anything else ... I'm tired of feel-good meetings," he said.




City OKs money for future fireworks



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday gave its unofficial approval to spend $15,000 in each of the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 to buy fireworks for the annual July 4th celebration at Fairgrounds Park.

The council also approved spending up to $14,000 each of those three years to pay for entertainment, advertising and other miscellaneous items.

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City Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said the city typically doesn't spend what is budgeted for entertainment.




Assessment growth cap to stay the same



City Finance Director Alfred Martin said the City of Hagerstown's assessment growth cap for owner-occupied real estate will stay at 5 percent for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Martin received the City Council's approval to set the cap at 5 percent during a work session Tuesday afternoon.




Boards, Commissions Luncheon scheduled



The Annual Boards and Commissions Luncheon will be held at noon Nov. 16 at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

The luncheon is held to thank people who serve as appointed volunteers on city committees and to build community pride.

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