HAGERSTOWN -- The city and county governments failed Tuesday to agree on how to encourage commercial growth in Halfway's Hopewell Valley.
During a joint meeting, the government bodies debated the best way for the city to extend water service.
For years, the city has insisted on annexing outside land in exchange for water service -- either right away or once the land becomes contiguous to city boundaries.
The city has proposed exempting Hopewell Valley, a business-heavy area, from the policy in exchange for 50 percent of the tax revenue the city would have received if the property were annexed and the owner paid city taxes.
Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire, a former city councilman, said the 50-percent level will fail and suggested a system based more on recouping the cost of the utility service.