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NEWS
December 6, 2006
The Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday which boards and commissions they will serve on for the next four years. Kristin B. Aleshire Commission on Aging Economic Development Commission Historic District Commission Advisory Commission to the Board of Health Mental Health Authority Solid Waste Advisory Committee Terry L. Baker Community Action Council Fire and Rescue Communications Advisory...
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NEWS
March 13, 1998
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer A meeting will be scheduled to give Hagerstown police and fire personnel a chance to question consultants about a new retirement plan being considered, city officials said Tuesday. Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said there wasn't enough time during a one-hour discussion between the council and consultants on Tuesday for the roughly 42 police and fire personnel in the audience to comment. City officials must decide by the end of March whether to withdraw public safety personnel, and possibly other employees, from the state pension system.
NEWS
April 2, 1998
If Tiger Woods wins a second straight Masters next week, three top county officials won't be there to see it. Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop and Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis said Wednesday that they won't travel to Augusta, Ga., for The Masters this year. Last year, INVESCO, the firm that manages the county's $30 million pension fund, had arranged for the three to receive tickets to the tournament at the $100 a day face value.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has settled on a fiscal year 2013 budget that's about 2 percent lower than this year's budget. The total approved budget is $285.2 million, compared to $290.8 million for the current fiscal year. Fiscal year 2013 starts July 1. The total budget for the coming year is made up of a $239.9 million operating budget - with a general fund staying practically flat - and a $45.3 million capital budget. The county's property tax rate will remain at 94.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, where it has stood since 2001.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 18, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The first tax hike in 18 years to cover a budget increase and a new employment contract with the township's police officers was approved earlier this week by the Washington Township Supervisors. The mill rate will go up from 2.2 this year to 4.4 next year, an increase that should net another $200,000 for the township coffers, Township Administrator Michael A. Christopher said Wednesday The budget for fiscal year 2004, which runs on a calendar year, is up by $1.1 million over the current year's appropriations, Christopher said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 31, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Back in April, Franklin County's three commissioners knew they had to make some serious budget cuts if they were to balance their budget for the 2010 calendar year. The law mandates a balanced budget. Commissioners President Bob Thomas and Commissioners David Keller and Bob Ziobrowski voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a $111 million budget for the year beginning Friday -- $4 million less than the budget year that ended Thursday. Despite that, taxpayers will see a slight increase in their tax bills, to about $8.70 per year for an average-priced Franklin County home with a fair market value of $150,000.
NEWS
June 24, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The Washington County Ethics Commission will review a trip to The Masters golf tournament by three top county officials, a commission member said Monday. "We haven't had a full meeting yet but I've met with the county attorney ... and we will be a having a full meeting on the matter in the near future," said Omer T. Kaylor Jr., a Hagerstown lawyer. In April, Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop and County Personnel Director Alan Davis attended The Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga. They used tickets provided by INVESCO, the company that invests Washington County's $22 million employee pension fund.
OPINION
September 29, 2011
"I'm calling regarding the discussion of smoking at the Meritus Medical Center. It's my belief that the medical center should not support, in any way, smoking on their facility. They are a health-conscious organization, and just as they would not promote people drinking on the job or taking a break to ... take alcoholic drinks, they should not give breaks to people, to employees, to smoke during the day. " - Washington County "The Republicans in Congress refuse to raise taxes on the millionaires, billionaires and corporations, while the burden of attempting to balance the budget remains on the backs of the middle class and the poor.
NEWS
July 8, 2004
A provision in Pennsylvania's newly passed gambling bill that allows lawmakers to own up to 1 percent of any of the state's 14 planned slot-machine parlors should be repealed as soon as possible. Public service is just that, and any elected officials who feel they must own a stake in these facilities should seek a new career in the private sector. The bill, signed on Monday by Gov. Ed Rendell, would place up to 61,000 slot machine at the aforementioned 14 locations. The slots are expected to generate $3 billion in new revenues, though not immediately.
NEWS
October 15, 2005
Thumbs up to Nick Giannaris, a longtime local philanthropist in Washington County, for coping with being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease by persuading his doctors to host a symposium where other Parkinson's patients could learn more about it and discuss it with medical professionals. Thumbs up to Pam Anderson, owner of Anderson Construction Co. and Annette Sanders of the Institute for Caregiver Education Inc., for the community service that led to the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.)
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