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Hancock briefs

May 13, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

Officials seek donations for Hancock senior site



HANCOCK -- Hancock officials are seeking donations to help liven up activities for local senior citizens at a Washington County Commission on Aging senior site at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center.

The site could use donated sewing machines or sewing machine repair services, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said. The group has a Wii video game system, but would like a Wii Fit game, he said. Officials also are interested in partnering with a local church or other organization for use of a van to take the seniors on outings, he said.

Job fair to be offered May 21 in Hancock



HANCOCK -- The town of Hancock will partner with the Washington County Job Center to offer a job fair May 21 at the Stanley E. Fulton Industrial Complex at 35 South St. in Hancock, Town Manager David Smith said Wednesday.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature local and regional employers, Smith said. Participants should "dress to impress" and bring extra copies of their resumes, according to an event flier.

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Employers may register for the fair by calling Jan McNamee at 301-393-8254.

No public comments during budget hearing



HANCOCK -- There were no public comments Wednesday night during a hearing on the town of Hancock's proposed $1.7 million operating budget for fiscal year 2010.

The budget was challenging because of state cuts to highway user revenue and police grants as well as a change in the county's system for taxing municipalities, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

Because of that tax change, Hancock property owners will see their county tax rate go down and their town tax rate go up by the same amount, Murphy said.

"The end result is you don't pay more," he said. "You basically are going to pay the town of Hancock tax dollars that you were going to pay the county."

Those taxpayers whose assessments increased will see an increase in their tax bills, but that is unrelated to the tax rate, Murphy said.

Of the $1.7 million total budget, about $1 million is the general fund. The proposed water department budget is $294,500, the waste water department budget is $265,000, and the sanitation department is $109,000.

The budget preserves all town employee positions but includes no raises, Murphy said.

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