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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 5, 2010
Maryland might lose about $19 million in an upcoming sales-tax-free week, but a retail spending surge could help jumpstart the economy, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot said Thursday. The state sales tax was waived for five days in 2006 and a week in 2001. Franchot's office had no information on the 2006 impact, but said the state lost about $5.1 million in revenue during the 2001 week, less than a projection of $6.7 million. Retail sales rose about 10 percent, more than the prediction of 7.4 percent.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | March 1, 2006
An area of Boonsboro will be exempt from Washington County's excise tax in an effort to encourage redevelopment in the municipality. The County Commissioners voted for the exemption of residential and commercial properties in Boonsboro's Town Center zoning district, which is mainly in the downtown area. "We're doing all we can to support our downtown area," Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman told the commissioners. "This is another step in that direction. Kauffman said he hopes the exemption will serve as an incentive for property owners to make improvements to their properties.
NEWS
By TIM ROWLAND | January 29, 2006
The Washington County Commissioners' best friend at the moment is the Hagerstown City Council. Yes, you may think to yourself, there are some things the county could be doing better, but at least it is not a zoo. Yet it was just five short years ago that the Commissioners were rolling their eyes at the council for hiring an Annapolis lobbyist to do the job that, to be honest, our own lawmakers should have been able to handle on their own. ...
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | September 6, 2006
Homestead tax exemption is lowered SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council voted in favor of lowering the homestead tax exemption to 5 percent at its meeting Tuesday. The previous exemption was 10 percent. The town's attorney, Charles Wagaman, explained that the tax exemption places a cap on the amount that taxable assessments can increase. Lower homestead exemption rates shift the real property tax burden to new homes, older homes newly purchased or changing ownership, rental residential property, business and commercial property, and homes reassessed because of remodeling, Wagaman said.
NEWS
November 25, 2003
Tax law hurts seniors To the editor: Current Maryland income-tax law unfairly penalizes taxpayers who are 65 or over. They are allowed a lesser tax exemption than someone who claims a non-spouse dependent of that age. A taxpayer aged 65 can claim only the basic exemption of $2,400 plus an additional exemption of $1,000 because of age, or a total of $3,400. For those at least 65 (other than a spouse) who is taken as the dependent of a taxpayer, however, the allowable exemption is doubled to $4,800.
NEWS
by DON AINES | October 27, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In a case involving millions of dollars in tax revenues, the Franklin County Board of Assessment and Revision of Taxes ruled Tuesday that the nursing homes at Menno Village and Penn Hall should be taxable properties, a decision that a Menno Haven Inc. official says will be challenged in court. The assessment board voted to grant an appeal by the Chambersburg Area School District and the Borough of Chambersburg to make the nursing homes subject to property taxes in 2005.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Senior citizens at a legislative forum on Monday lobbied for tax relief, adequate transportation and a permanent Washington County senior center. The forum gave about 70 local residents a chance to hear directly from their state legislators about issues affecting senior citizens. The forum was sponsored by the local chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, the Washington County Commission on Aging and other members of the Washington County Senior Coalition.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | April 5, 2006
ANNAPOLIS County officials and the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly are at odds again on how to revise the enabling legislation that allows the county to charge excise taxes on new development. Revisions last year kept a bill to change the method of calculating the tax in limbo until the final moments of the legislative session. This year, the bill seeks authority for the county to exempt certain businesses from the tax. The tangle is over exempting existing businesses that want to expand.
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By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | arnoldp@herald-mail.com | March 10, 2013
Ten years ago, Washington County government signed the first of five agreements to lease land at Hagerstown Regional Airport to developer David Rider. At his own expense, Rider erected four aircraft hangars and a three-story office building he now leases for profit to other businesses, all while thinking the county had pledged in its land lease agreements it would never tax the properties. But it appears nobody ever told the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation that the buildings on county land were being used for profit.
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OPINION
January 3, 2013
Krauthammer paints gun control as hopeless To the editor: On Sunday, Dec. 23, I sent a letter to the editor advocating gun control. My wife asked if the paper would give more space to a subject that had already been addressed. Evidently they would, because later I saw they ran an op-ed Dec. 23 by Charles Krauthammer well over twice as long as my piece that basically said gun control won't work. If a person is what he/she eats, a newspaper is what it publishes. My letter imagined what the slain children at Newtown might say about gun control if they could speak.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners briefly toyed with the idea of a broad rollback of the county's excise tax on Tuesday before sticking to the more limited proposal at hand. The commissioners unanimously agreed to eliminate the excise tax when a nonresidential property changes from one use to another. That change, which will last through June 30, 2015, will eliminate the excise tax of $3 per square foot for properties that switch from nonretail to retail. For the opposite change, from retail to nonretail, the excise tax of $1 per square foot would be waived.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 17, 2012
The Berkeley County Council on Thursday authorized issuing up to $3 million in tax-exempt bonds to help Hospice of the Panhandle finance the construction of a planned 14-bed inpatient facility and office building. The council voted 4-0 to approve the request. Council member Jim Whitacre was absent. At the end of the month, the Jefferson County Commission is expected to consider a similar request by the hospice to authorize the issue of $6 million in bonds, according to hospice Chief Executive Officer Margaret Cogswell.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2011
When Mike Osborne heard about Maryland's decision to drop its sales tax for a week to coincide with back-to-school shopping, he knew he would be visiting some stores. “(It's) one of the few breaks I'll get on taxes in my lifetime, that's for sure,” Osborne said as he shopped for clothes for his 17-year-old son in the crowded Aeropostale store at Valley Mall Sunday afternoon. Shop Maryland, which began Sunday and continues through Saturday, allows shoppers to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax on apparel and footwear priced at $100 and less.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 13, 2011
A tax bill printing glitch raised concerns this week among Waynesboro Area School Board members, but the school district's business administrator said the problem has been resolved. At their meeting Tuesday, board members talked about how tax-exempt organizations such as churches could be receiving bills in the mail. All bills will be mailed two weeks late because the school board passed its budget June 30, and the district is using a new computer system. Real estate, per capita and occupational privilege tax bills are printed, Business Administrator Caroline Dean said.
NEWS
February 16, 2011
A preliminary budget with a $1.5 million deficit has been submitted by the Waynesboro Area School Board to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The school board passed the budget Tuesday with the intention of seeking certain tax exemptions from the state. The exemptions for retirement costs and debt would be needed to raise property taxes beyond the 1.8 percent allowed under Act 1. Board members said they do not know how much taxes will need to be increased for 2011-12, but they are seeking the exemptions to give them options in coming months as the budget is discussed.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 5, 2010
Maryland might lose about $19 million in an upcoming sales-tax-free week, but a retail spending surge could help jumpstart the economy, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot said Thursday. The state sales tax was waived for five days in 2006 and a week in 2001. Franchot's office had no information on the 2006 impact, but said the state lost about $5.1 million in revenue during the 2001 week, less than a projection of $6.7 million. Retail sales rose about 10 percent, more than the prediction of 7.4 percent.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Senior citizens at a legislative forum on Monday lobbied for tax relief, adequate transportation and a permanent Washington County senior center. The forum gave about 70 local residents a chance to hear directly from their state legislators about issues affecting senior citizens. The forum was sponsored by the local chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, the Washington County Commission on Aging and other members of the Washington County Senior Coalition.
NEWS
By DON AINES | January 25, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? The Chambersburg Area School District, Borough of Chambersburg and Franklin County will be receiving some large checks after Court of Common Pleas Judge John R. Walker signed an order Friday to have escrowed property taxes paid by Menno Haven Inc. distributed to those taxing bodies. In December, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court denied Menno Haven's petition to appeal a lower court ruling upholding Walker's 2006 decision that the continuing care retirement community was not tax-exempt.
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