HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown is asking for $3.83 million from the federal economic stimulus package to help small-business owners.
Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said Thursday that city officials recently sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., suggesting ways the city would use the money.
Congress continued working Thursday to reach an agreement on a $790 billion economic stimulus bill.
Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean, who drafted the letter to Cardin, did not return telephone messages seeking comment.
A copy of the Feb. 4 letter, which was obtained by The Herald-Mail, said the city has been "accessing (sic) the needs of our small business community for several months and with our City being heavily impacted with layoffs, reductions in hours, and outright business closings, we feel it is our duty to make certain that these concerns be brought to the attention of our Congressional leaders."
Parson-McBean went on to say in the letter that "In a community such as ours, where most people live paycheck to paycheck, you can imagine most fear and suffer the worst as they fall behind on their bills.