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Hagerstown City Council backs bill to prevent double taxation on municipalities

August 15, 2013

The Hagerstown City Council has agreed to endorse the Maryland Municipal League’s call for passage of statewide legislation that could prevent double taxation on municipalities by counties.

During a Tuesday work session, the council agreed to endorse the league’s double taxation work group’s submission of a 2014 Legislative Report as a priority for legislative action.

The work group was established by the Maryland Municipal League’s legislative committee.

Passage of the measure would result in future tax savings for Hagerstown residents, according to previous reports in The Herald-Mail.

Hagerstown City Councilman Martin E. Brubaker — a municipal league legislative committee member who serves on the double taxation work group — said the group settled on a formula already in state legislative code but applied only in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

Under the formula, counties would not be able to tax property owners for services provided by their municipality, and for which they pay taxes to that municipality, Brubaker has said.

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The municipal league will begin considering other legislative issues this month, Brubaker wrote in a Aug. 9 memorandum. 

— Holly Shok






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