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by TAMELA BAKER | March 9, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - If at first you don't succeed... The Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly will take yet another look today at a proposal to revise the county's building excise tax, according to Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank. The Washington County Growth Management Act of 2005, which would change the excise tax for new development from a square-footage calculation to a flat fee, is scheduled for hearing a week from today in the House Ways and Means Committee.
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by TARA REILLY | January 15, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday decided to ask lawmakers for the authority to impose a transfer tax on real estate transactions to generate additional revenue for school construction projects, public safety and debt reduction. The County Commissioners have said having the power to impose the tax does not mean they would do so. But they have said some type of alternative revenue source is needed to meet the increased needs of the county.
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October 11, 2007
On Tuesday, the Washington County Commissioners received an eagerly awaited report from the task force working on revisions to the excise tax, most of which funds school construction. The task force's draft eliminates some loopholes and instead of a flat fee on new residential construction, it substitutes a $2-per-square-foot charge. The only problem, according to Commissioner James Kercheval, is that at the $2 rate, the tax would generate less than the present formula does.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | January 23, 2005
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Fees for water and sewer hookups, rezoning requests, land development and subdivision plans are increasing for residents and developers following recent actions by Waynesboro and Washington Township officials. This past week, the Washington Township Municipal Authority announced it is nearly doubling its fees for hooking onto water and sewer lines for new residential users. Sewer rates are increasing from $2,400 per hookup under the old rates to $4,186. This includes $2,523 for capacity and $1,663 for distribution.
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by TAMELA BAKER | December 17, 2004
tammyb@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Growth and development in Washington County are driving local officials to seek a revision to the county's building excise tax to raise more money to pay for increased demands on the county's infrastructure. There currently is a ceiling of $1 per square foot of construction on the excise tax, enacted in accordance with the Washington County Growth Management Act of 2003. That legislation from the Maryland General Assembly allowed the county to impose the tax and set the $1 per square foot cap through fiscal year 2008.
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by TARA REILLY | December 15, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Developers in Washington County could soon pay a higher excise tax on new construction, but other building fees would be dissolved under a proposal by the County Commissioners. The commissioners on Tuesday said they plan to ask the state for the authority to roll the county's building fees into the excise tax, reducing the number of fees developers pay - such as the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) fees for schools and roads - in addition to the current excise tax. It's possible the excise tax would then become a flat fee of about $15,000 charged to new construction, depending on how many fees are rolled into the tax. The plan also would increase money for school construction projects, because the excise tax is charged countywide, Commissioner James F. Kercheval has said.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | October 9, 2007
Click here to view the Report of Excise Tax Task Force . After two years of revenue shortfalls in Washington County's excise tax, a task force created to suggest changes in the tax will present its final report to the county commissioners today. If adopted into law, the group's recommendations would result in lower excise taxes for many home builders but would also eliminate some of the exemptions included in the current excise tax ordinance. Under the recommendations, the excise tax on most new residential construction would change to $2 per square foot.
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By TRISH RUDDER | January 28, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Revisions to Morgan County's subdivision ordinance were recommended Friday to the Morgan County Commission, and a copy of the draft ordinance was given to the commissioners for their review. Jack Soronen, president of the Morgan County Planning Commission, presented the revisions, which include a provision that larger developers submit all parts of a multiphase development plan, not just the first phase. Soronen said by requiring an overall plan from the developer, it will let the public know what the impact of a planned development would be and it could be addressed early in the process.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 15, 2008
A new structure for Washington County's excise tax was one of several local bills signed into state law Tuesday. The county started the process of changing its excise tax on new construction last year, when it received legislative permission to replace its flat fee with a fee based on square footage. This year's bill completed the process by setting caps for different categories of construction. The new excise tax takes effect July 1. Other local bills that Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Tuesday: · Clarify that Hagerstown's fire marshals have law enforcement powers (sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, cross-filed by Sen. Donald F. Munson)
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by TARA REILLY | May 18, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Businesses considering expanding or building in Washington County would pay the excise tax on a square-foot basis rather than a flat fee - which applies to residential developers - to keep the county from losing potential jobs, according to a proposal by economic development and business organizations. The groups pitched the idea Tuesday to the County Commissioners. The proposal was developed by the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC)
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
Some of the most heavily populated jurisdictions in the state are planning to implement a stormwater utility fee beginning next month as part of a plan to generate revenue to tackle water pollution locally and in the Chesapeake Bay. Washington County residents are not among the counties that will be required to pay the fee, referred to negatively by some as the “rain tax.”   The fees are mandated by the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program...
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 13, 2012
A public hearing will be held on proposed water-and-sewer rate hikes, as well as a plan to shorten the notice period before utility service is turned off for customers who do not pay their bills, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday. The average county water-and-sewer residential customer's bill would increase by about 3 percent, or an additional $8.05 per quarter, under the proposal, said Julie Pippel, the county's director of environmental management. The proposed changes to notice procedures would give late accounts three notices and at least 42 days before shutoff, as opposed to four notices and at least 72 days under current practice.
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December 12, 2008
Low bid announced for business park road MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A St. Albans, W.Va., company was the apparent low bidder for a road construction project that will help support development of Berkeley County's fledgling business park at Tablers Station south of Martinsburg, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. A decision on whether to accept the $12.1 million bid by Orders Construction Co. Inc. could be made within the next seven to 10 days, a spokesman for WVDOT said Tuesday.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 15, 2008
A new structure for Washington County's excise tax was one of several local bills signed into state law Tuesday. The county started the process of changing its excise tax on new construction last year, when it received legislative permission to replace its flat fee with a fee based on square footage. This year's bill completed the process by setting caps for different categories of construction. The new excise tax takes effect July 1. Other local bills that Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Tuesday: · Clarify that Hagerstown's fire marshals have law enforcement powers (sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, cross-filed by Sen. Donald F. Munson)
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By TRISH RUDDER | January 28, 2008
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Revisions to Morgan County's subdivision ordinance were recommended Friday to the Morgan County Commission, and a copy of the draft ordinance was given to the commissioners for their review. Jack Soronen, president of the Morgan County Planning Commission, presented the revisions, which include a provision that larger developers submit all parts of a multiphase development plan, not just the first phase. Soronen said by requiring an overall plan from the developer, it will let the public know what the impact of a planned development would be and it could be addressed early in the process.
NEWS
December 4, 2007
Almost lost in the discussion over who would attend this year's pre-legislative meetings were the proposals that the Washington County Commissioners want to see enacted during Maryland's 2008 General Assembly session. Those proposals are more important than who attends which meeting - as long as the entire delegation is ready to fight for the legislation this area needs. The top priority in 2008 must be the revision of the county's excise tax. It's taken five years of fits and starts to get to this point, but the housing slump came along at the right moment to provide enough time to get it right.
NEWS
October 11, 2007
On Tuesday, the Washington County Commissioners received an eagerly awaited report from the task force working on revisions to the excise tax, most of which funds school construction. The task force's draft eliminates some loopholes and instead of a flat fee on new residential construction, it substitutes a $2-per-square-foot charge. The only problem, according to Commissioner James Kercheval, is that at the $2 rate, the tax would generate less than the present formula does.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | October 9, 2007
Click here to view the Report of Excise Tax Task Force . After two years of revenue shortfalls in Washington County's excise tax, a task force created to suggest changes in the tax will present its final report to the county commissioners today. If adopted into law, the group's recommendations would result in lower excise taxes for many home builders but would also eliminate some of the exemptions included in the current excise tax ordinance. Under the recommendations, the excise tax on most new residential construction would change to $2 per square foot.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 20, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The cost of picking up and caring for hundreds of stray animals is taxing the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and its president asked local governments Wednesday to increase their contributions if they expect to keep getting the service. "The time has come when you must make a choice," Nancy Gardner told those attending the Franklin County Council of Governments meeting. Townships that contribute nothing to the shelter, she said, "must choose to participate or choose to opt out of our jurisdiction.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | July 27, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County's excise tax revenues fell sharply in fiscal year 2007, coming in at $11.5 million below budget projections, Washington County Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray said Wednesday. The county budgeted $15.3 million for excise tax revenues in fiscal 2007, which ended July 1, but received only $3.8 million, Murray said. The county earned $7.1 million in residential excise tax in fiscal 2006. Murray said she knew in September that excise tax revenues for fiscal 2007 would not meet budget projections.
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