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Hagerstown briefs

January 22, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Developments could generate $2.65 million in revenue

City Planning Director Kathleen Maher told the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday that four developments, when they're finished, could generate about $2.65 million in annual property and income tax revenue.

"Growth is having a good impact and is bringing a promising outlook for the future," she said.

The developments are Hager's Crossing, Greenwich Park, Hillside Manor and Cortland (Manor and Villas).

Maher said the city could use the additional revenue, among other things, to buy a fire engine and hire more firefighters and police officers.

Maher said the city has to wait for the housing market to get back on track, however, before the revenue from residential developments would be recognized.

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Financing biggest obstacle to water system overhaul

Financing will be the biggest obstacle as the City of Hagerstown moves forward to overhaul its water system, City Utilities Director Mike Spiker said during a Tuesday city council work session.

Spiker said the plan, which is expected to cost about $81.2 million, includes 19 different projects and could take nearly 30 years to complete.

Workers currently are installing a water tank on Hagerstown's West End near U.S. 40.

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