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Hagerstown City Council briefs

May 12, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

City Council introduces ordinances to set tax rate and adopt budget



The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday introduced two ordinances: One to set the property tax rate and the other to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2009-10.

Some of the highlights of the $161.13 million budget include $32.66 million to fund the Light Department and $28.5 million to fund the Sewer Department.

The proposed tax rate is 78.8 cents per every $100 of assessed value of all real property within the City of Hagerstown, and $1.97 per every $100 of assessed value of all commercial property.

The council is to vote May 26 on whether to pass the ordinances.

Parson-McBean says blasting is disturbing Jonathan Street residents



Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said during a City Council work session on Tuesday that blasting on Jonathan Street is disturbing the residents who live there.

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The blasting is being done as part of a $3.9 million project to reconstruct the street.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said complaints should be directed to City Hall.

The telephone number is 301-739-8577.

Cromer suggests ordinance to limit advertising in right of way



A Hagerstown city councilwoman said Tuesday that she wants to look into a way to limit the number of advertisements that businesses can put in the public right of way.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said businesses, particularly a furniture liquidator, are putting too many signs that advertise sales in the public right of way.

She suggested creating an ordinance -- if one already isn't on the books -- to limit the practice.

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