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Washington County briefs

May 21, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Budget to be approved June 3

Washington County Budget and Finance Director Debra S. Murray reviewed some final budget changes with the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday in preparation for the formal adoption of the fiscal 2009 budget on June 3.

Murray said the state has raised the cost of leasing voting machines by $130,000 and has imposed a $9,700 fee to administer the Homestead Tax Credit program.

The county will pay for those increases by moving one-time funds for the Commission on Aging and the Washington County Free Library from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2008.

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Murray also said Solid Waste fund revenue will increase by $16,000 due to the increase in mulch fees that was approved by the commissioners last week.

In addition, the county reduced the amount of money budgeted for Program Open Space matching because the state lowered its funds for the program.

In total, the county's new fiscal 2009 budget is $338.3 million.

Salary commission members approved

The members of a commission to study the salaries of some local elected officials were appointed Tuesday by the Washington County Commissioners.

The nine members were drawn from local political, civic and business organizations.

State law requires the county commissioners to appoint a salary commission every four years.

The commission studies the salaries of several elected officials, including the county commissioners.

The commission must hold its first meeting by July 1 and issue a report with recommendations by Dec. 1, according to state law.

The county commissioners must send recommendations to the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly by Dec. 15.

Janitorial contracts awarded

The Washington County Commissioners approved $135,138 in janitorial contracts Tuesday.

The one-year contracts cover janitorial services for the Washington County Administration building at 100 W. Washington St., the Washington County Courthouse Annex building, the Washington County Administrative Annex at 80 W. Baltimore St., the county building at 33-35 W. Washington St., the Rural Heritage Museum at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike and the Forty West Landfill complex.

The contracts were awarded to two companies - Servtec Custodial Inc. and Superior Cleaning System Inc., both of Hagerstown.

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