WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the county's excise tax ordinance on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The hearing will be held in the commissioners' meeting room in the Washington County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.
Any changes to the ordinance would take effect July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.
An excise tax is levied on new construction and is meant to fund infrastructure improvements to accommodate development.
The changes proposed by the Washington County Commissioners would set the tax rate at $3 per square foot for residential construction. For nonresidential construction, the rates would be $3 per square foot for retail and $1 per square foot for nonretail.
Under caps approved by the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, the county commissioners would be free to lower or raise those rates up to $4.50 for residential, $4 for nonresidential retail and $1.50 for nonresidential nonretail.