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Washington County Commissioners to hold public hearing on excise tax

Proposed amendment would waive $3-per-square-foot excise tax when the use of a nonresidential property changes from nonretail to retail

August 27, 2012

The  Washington County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the county commissioners’ meeting room at 100 W. Washington St. to consider amendments to the Building Excise Tax Ordinance.

A proposed amendment would waive the $3-per-square-foot excise tax when the use of a nonresidential property changes from nonretail to retail.

The county commissioners also have said the $1-per-square-foot fee should be waived when the property use changes the other way, from retail to nonretail.

The changes, if approved, would be in effect through June 30, 2015, according to a county summary of the proposal.

Copies of the proposed revised ordinance are available for review at the Washington County Planning Department office at 80 W. Baltimore St. in Hagerstown or on the county’s website at www.washco-md.net under “County News.”

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The public is invited to speak about the proposed changes during the hearing.

Written comments will be accepted at the county commissioners’ office at 100 W. Washington St., room 226, Hagerstown, and via email at commissioners@washco-md.net until the close of the public hearing.

The commissioners may adopt the proposed revision, as presented or as modified, at any point after the close of the public hearing, the county’s website says.

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