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By ART CALLAHAM | April 10, 2011
In my last column, I explained how the government, by funding projects, creates private-sector jobs. In this column, I will explain why private-sector jobs are better than government jobs. The reason is the fourfold return of taxes for private-sector jobs versus a threefold return for jobs within the government. The return is taxes paid back to the government by workers, and in the private sector is the taxes paid by the employer. Those taxes paid back can be reinvested in more projects, perpetuating economic growth.
NEWS
September 7, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's proposed tax breaks for business sound like ideas that have enjoyed broad Republican backing in the past. But in today's toxic political atmosphere, he's unlikely to get much -- if any -- GOP help. Still, his plans put Republicans on the spot, making it harder for them to say no to legislation they once embraced. In a speech on Wednesday in Cleveland, Obama will ask Congress to let businesses quickly write off 100 percent of their spending on new plants and equipment through 2011.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
Residents should see little impact in their pocketbooks under a fiscal 2014 budget approved by the Boonsboro Town Council Monday night, according to the town's manager. Although the spending plan includes an increase in the town's property tax rate from 32.2 cents per $100 of assessed value to 34.9 cents, residents should see little change in their tax bill because of low property assessments, Town Manager Debra Smith said. The tax increase stems from a constant-yield formula that ensures the town will get the same amount of tax revenue it collected in the current fiscal year.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | November 19, 2012
Faced with a budget deficit and potential property tax increase, the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday scrutinized revenues and expenditures in their proposed 2013 spending plan. The supervisors voted 3-2 to pass a preliminary, $4.7 million budget that includes a 2-mill tax increase. A mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value. Each mill generates about $129,000 in revenue for the township, which has an overall tax rate of 4.4 mills currently. “This is the first (potential tax increase)
NEWS
March 12, 2003
WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Commissioners met Tuesday with Williamsport's mayor and Town Council to discuss the town's tax setoff this fiscal year. The tax setoff is a rebate that the county annually gives back to the municipalities for police, parks and road services. It's based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income. Williamsport is to receive $45,778 this fiscal year, up from $42,049 in the last fiscal year.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | May 17, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com The executive director of a local tourism group has asked the Washington County Commissioners to levy a 6 percent tax on the cost of staying at campgrounds, cabins and recreational vehicle sites. Ben Hart, of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said this week the lodging tax would generate additional money for the county and the Visitors Bureau. Hart said as much at $80,000 to $90,000 would be generated from the tax. The county would receive 55 percent of the tax revenues, while the Visitors Bureau would receive 45 percent, Hart said.
NEWS
February 5, 2001
Tax setoffs down By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer The city of Hagerstown and the towns in Washington County will receive an average of 9 percent less in tax setoffs this year for several reasons, including less growth in the municipalities, Washington County officials said. The county last year paid out a total of $1.1 million to Hagerstown and the towns to reimburse them for money spent on police and parks. The county setoff, also known as a tax rebate, partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services they provide.
NEWS
August 3, 2008
Copies of the 2008 IRS tax calendar, a Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop DVD and a brochure explaining small business federal tax responsibilities are available at the City of Hagerstown's Office of Economic Development. The materials contain information on general business taxes, Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration customer assistance, electronic filing and paying options, retirement plans, business publications and forms, common tax filing dates and federal legal holidays.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | January 19, 2005
WILLIAMSPORT - The Washington County Commissioners met with the Williamsport Town Council briefly Tuesday to discuss the town's tax setoff. Williamsport will receive $51,855, up $458 from the $51,397 it received last fiscal year. It is the fourth-largest amount among nine Washington County municipalities. The tax setoff money partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and road services. It is calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income.
NEWS
by BRIAN SHAPPELL | February 9, 2005
SHARPSBURG - The tax set-off meeting between the Washington County Commissioners and the towns of Sharpsburg and Keedysville seemed to surprise the commissioners this year on two fronts - that there was little in the form of verbal exchange and that representatives from Keedysville did not attend. Sharpsburg is slated to receive $3,871 in 2005, down $105 from the tax setoff amount from last fiscal year. Keedysville will receive $2,699, which is $73 less than it got last fiscal year.
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By ALLAN POWELL | August 30, 2013
On May 21, the media informed the nation about some very shady practices of the giant electronics corporation Apple. No matter how you slice it, Apple and many other corporations are involved in clever ruses to dodge the payment of taxes. Regardless of how deceptive these offshore schemes appear to be, these corporations claim they have done no wrong and - what's more - “everybody else is doing it.” A Senate panel (the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations) was convinced of a “complex web of offshore entities (with no employees or physical offices)
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
Opposition to a Washington County proposal to change land-use regulations around four towns including Hancock showed no signs of abating Wednesday night when about 65 people turned out for an informational meeting -   including one resident who brought a petition with 66 signatures of people against the plan. Residents who would be affected by the land-use changes said they are afraid of being forced to hook up to public water and sewer service, and that they will be forced to pay town taxes if the regulations are passed.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2013
Lodging taxes collected from hotels and motels in Berkeley County have yet to rebound to the levels of five years ago, according to figures presented Wednesday to Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau board members. The convention and visitors bureau's share of the lodging tax revenue for fiscal 2012-13 was down by more than $50,000 from the 2007-08 year, when lodging taxes generated more than $400,000 for the CVB, Executive Director Laura Gassler said. The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board splits the hotel/motel tax revenue with the convention and visitors bureau.
NEWS
August 14, 2013
Two New York residents were arraigned on tobacco excise-tax violations Wednesday after police stopped the vehicle they were traveling in on Interstate 81, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Shao Zhen Wang, 45, and Rong D. Lin, 50, were arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single misdemeanor counts of evading the excise tax on multiple cartons of cigarettes found in the green Kia Sportage, the court records said. West Virginia State Police Trooper N.K. Campbell counted more than 10 cartons of cigarettes in the couple's possession, records said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday committed to offering tax savings to a potential new business at Wharf Road Industrial Park. Tax abatement will be offered through a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) program. A manufacturer that could employ 50 to 60 people is looking to open a factory on Lot 8 in the industrial park in Zullinger, Pa., Washington Township (Pa.) Manager Mike Christopher told the school board. He did not identify the business during the meeting.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
They were reminded Sunday that shopping is not one of their favorite pastimes. Not by a longshot. “I don't enjoy shopping at all - I don't want to be here,” joked 43-year-old Woody Williamson, his hands clutching plastic hangers attached to blue gym shorts at Valley Mall in Halfway. Nevertheless, Williamson's 12-year-old son, Tyler, who starts seventh grade Aug. 19 at Spring Mills Middle School in Berkeley County, W.Va., needed a few clothing essentials and, most importantly, a new pair of Nike “Lebron” sneakers.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 8, 2013
The owner of an apartment rental property in Martinsburg was left off the tax rolls for more than 10 years, Berkeley County Assessor Larry Hess told the Berkeley County Council on Thursday. Tax bills for 2002 through 2013 for a property at 229 S. Tennessee Ave. were not generated because it was listed as being owned by the state, according to Hess. Hess said he was unaware of the oversight until being contacted by the property owner, K.T.L. Partnership of Hagerstown. After Thursday's meeting, Hess estimated the tax bill for the $544,920 in total assessments for the years in question could be about $15,000.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2013
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Premium Outlets at Hagerstown on Wednesday to provide information about the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week, which he views as one of the state's most popular times to shop - second only to Christmas. From Sunday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 17, as back-to-school shopping moves into full swing, the state will not collect sales tax on clothing items and shoes that cost less than $100. “This tax-free week is, next to the Christmas holidays, probably the most popular shopping period in the state,” Franchot said.
NEWS
August 2, 2013
Maryland's annual Tax Free Week will run from Sunday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 17. Consumers can save money during the week by not paying Maryland's 6 percent sales tax on most clothing and shoes priced under $100 when shopping at local retailers.    Tax Free Week, which comes just before many students return to school or enter college, is one of the state's strongest sales seasons behind Christmas, according to a news release.  ...
OPINION
July 17, 2013
“I know why these people are so against Paula Deen: They can't cook like she does. They're just jealous. I love Paula Deen.” - Smithsburg “I'm calling about the lady who wanted to know what to do with all the newspapers. You can take them to Goodwill, or you can take them to the humane society, or the recycling place. They're all three good to take the papers.” - Cascade   “I'm trying to figure out why in the paper today, City Engineer Rodney Tissue, and Assistant Engineer Jim Bender, are proposing to the city to implement a rain tax. I thought the elected officials just recently said that we in Washington County were exempt from that stupid tax that they in Annapolis have put on us.” - Hagerstown “This is Wednesday's Mail Call.
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