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Boonsboro officials bemoan tax differential cut

December 07, 2009

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro town officials on Monday joined the chorus of those complaining about a cutoff of so-called "tax differential" money from the Washington County Commissioners.

The money comes from the county to help towns offset the cost of services like police departments and parks, council members said.

Last week, a Smithsburg Town Council member complained about the County Commissioners deciding not to give Smithsburg its tax differential money. The issue was discussed during a meeting about tough issues in the struggling economy.

Boonsboro town officials said Monday night they will not get about $128,700 in tax differential money in the coming year.

To make up for the funding cut, the county has suggested the town pass a tax increase, Town Manager Debra Smith said.

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Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. complained about the County Commissioners making the decision to cut off the money without consulting with town officials.

Washington County Administrator Gregory Murray told town council members there were a couple of commission meetings regarding the tax differential issue but no one attended the meetings.

-- Dave McMillion

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