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February 7, 2002
City offers tax incentives By DAN KULIN dank@herald-mail.com The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday endorsed new tax incentives for homeowners and businesses to improve or change their properties in and around downtown. One program would give property owners tax credits for five years based on the value of improvements made to their properties. Another program would encourage property owners to convert multi-family houses to single-family residences.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | March 10, 2000
ANNAPOLIS - Farming is like climbing a mountain: When you get to the top, there's another mountain ahead, said Randy Sowers. The Middletown, Md., farmer told a Maryland General Assembly committee on Thursday that proposed tax incentives would help farmers stay in an increasingly difficult business. "Anything that'll help the bottom line look better has got to be a good thing," Sowers said. The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on proposals by two local lawmakers Thursday.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | November 7, 2003
Arts and entertainment businesses in a four-block area around Public Square are eligible for exemptions from the city's admission and amusements tax, Planning Director Kathleen Maher said Thursday. The Washington County Playhouse, for example, can get an exemption, she said. Effective Oct. 23, the City Code was amended to allow for two new tax incentives, she said. The second incentive is a tax credit on property used as housing for artists or for arts and entertainment-related businesses, she said.
NEWS
October 25, 2006
· Full funding for schools · Better teacher pensions · In favor of slots, as long as counties that have them get at least 30 percent of the revenue · Tax incentives to bring in new businesses and jobs · Try to make Maryland exempt from No Child Left Behind Act
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | February 25, 2005
FlexAmerica's customer service division in Washington County is expected to move into the Hub Business Center off Shawley Drive north of Hagerstown by mid-March, Chairman George K. Reese Jr. said Thursday. The company, at 33 W. Franklin St., has 12 employees and is expected to add eight more positions by the end of the year, Reese said. Reese said the Bethesda, Md.-based company is expected to have 35 employees in the local office by the end of 2006. The additional employees are to accommodate growth in the administration of new health plans, which have tax incentives, being sponsored by large employers, Reese said.
NEWS
April 1, 2007
The First National Bank of Greencastle GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The quarterly meeting of the Board of Associates of The First National Bank of Greencastle was held Tuesday, March 13, at Gibble's Restaurant in Marion, Pa. Jeff Shank, President and CEO, introduced Andrew Stephens as the bank's new Information Technology security officer and Jason Divelbiss, the bank's newest board of associates member. Chief Financial Officer Franklin T. Klink III reviewed the financial condition of Tower Bancorp Inc., parent company of The First National Bank of Greencastle.
NEWS
March 6, 2002
Here are some of the highlights from Tuesday morning's State of the City Address: - Mayor William M. Breichner announced the city had another sponsor for Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park. Synagro donated $8,000 toward a swing set. Synagro, formerly known as Wheelabrator, is the contracted operator of the city's pellet plant. - The city will begin a new event this year. There will be country music and a large fireworks display at Fairgrounds Park on July 4. - Breichner said the City Council is considering providing additional tax incentives to promote the improvement of older properties in designated areas.
NEWS
July 13, 2009
Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman and his administrative team should be commended for presenting a number of creative ideas to Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and the Hagerstown City Council on July 8 that, if enacted, could keep the development ball rolling in the downtown area. Some of the suggestions were aimed at developers: Providing financial incentives, cutting red tape or easing building code restrictions. A few targeted would-be businesses by providing tax incentives and other perks for them to locate in renovated office space.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2012
New England Motor Freight (NEMF) executives from their New Jersey headquarters along with Washington County Commissioners attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the company's new cross-dock truck terminal located at 16503 Hunters Green Parkway in Hagerstown to recognize the move. “We've been in this area for 12 years, and we had grown to the point that we could no longer expand,” NEMF Chief Operating Officer Thomas Connery said. “This (location) is closer to our customer base, it puts us closer to the interstate, and allows us to push further into West Virginia.” The terminal is in the Hunters Green Business Park, which is off of Hopewell Road and can be accessed by using Exit 5 off of Interstate 81 to Halfway Boulevard, within a mile of the Interstate 70 and Interstate 81 intersection.
NEWS
by | November 19, 2003
The following are some ideas submitted to the Hagerstown City Council by City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman and other city employees as ways to improve downtown Hagerstown: Establish a downtown antique market, using $35,000 from the Community Betterment Fund. A market could attract shoppers to downtown. Establishment of a downtown bakery, using $50,000 from the Community Betterment Fund. The city would loan money for the purchase and installation of business equipment or building upgrades.
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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.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
The future of a new tax abatement program in the Waynesboro area remains in limbo after several hours of discussion Monday. The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors held the first public hearing about a proposed Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) program. Washington Township is partnering with the Borough of Waynesboro, Quincy Township and the Waynesboro Area School District to develop the program. If a LERTA program is put in place locally, eligible industrial or commercial property owners could receive tax savings for 10 years after making improvements to their properties.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2012
New England Motor Freight (NEMF) executives from their New Jersey headquarters along with Washington County Commissioners attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the company's new cross-dock truck terminal located at 16503 Hunters Green Parkway in Hagerstown to recognize the move. “We've been in this area for 12 years, and we had grown to the point that we could no longer expand,” NEMF Chief Operating Officer Thomas Connery said. “This (location) is closer to our customer base, it puts us closer to the interstate, and allows us to push further into West Virginia.” The terminal is in the Hunters Green Business Park, which is off of Hopewell Road and can be accessed by using Exit 5 off of Interstate 81 to Halfway Boulevard, within a mile of the Interstate 70 and Interstate 81 intersection.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2012
The Antrim Township Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to create a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program that it hopes will be a shot in the arm for the Greencastle-Antrim business community. The program provides incentives for owners of eligible commercial properties to undertake improvements by easing the usual burden of increased taxes that come with an improved property and higher tax assessment. “In the short term, it would mean less tax revenue, but in the long term, it would mean a potential for drawing in more business and more tax revenue,” Antrim Township Administrator Brad Graham said.
OPINION
January 30, 2011
After reading Allan Powell's "Kentucky Edutainment" op-ed piece, we found it remarkable that a professor (albeit retired) simply did not do his homework. He appeared to write  knowledgeably about our future full-size Noah's Ark in northern Kentucky, but his starting point was wrong. We hope he was more careful when imparting knowledge to his students. Powell evidently based his column on second-hand information (i.e., using other newspaper columnists, bloggers, etc.) rather than confirming with original sources.
NEWS
December 18, 2009
"In regards to LeRoy Myers' comments on state employees not deserving a cost-of-living raise, let him come down and work at the prison for the salaries that we make, for a year, and deal with the cuts that we have to deal with and furlough days that we have to deal with, and see how he likes that. " -- Hagerstown "On Tuesday morning at about 8, I decided to call the health department to make an appointment to get an H1N1 flu vaccination. I ate my breakfast, watched TV, read the newspaper, took my medication, was put on hold, elevator music, put through to three or four different exchanges.
NEWS
July 13, 2009
Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman and his administrative team should be commended for presenting a number of creative ideas to Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and the Hagerstown City Council on July 8 that, if enacted, could keep the development ball rolling in the downtown area. Some of the suggestions were aimed at developers: Providing financial incentives, cutting red tape or easing building code restrictions. A few targeted would-be businesses by providing tax incentives and other perks for them to locate in renovated office space.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 7, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- As the economy worsens and businesses close, buildings in Washington County are being left unused. Some, such as the former Lowe's building and the vacant Sears building in the North End of Hagerstown, could benefit from renovations and new owners, officials said last week. "With the economy, certainly anywhere where retail overbuilt, there is a greater likelihood that we're now going to see retail space vacant," said Brien Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
April 1, 2007
The First National Bank of Greencastle GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The quarterly meeting of the Board of Associates of The First National Bank of Greencastle was held Tuesday, March 13, at Gibble's Restaurant in Marion, Pa. Jeff Shank, President and CEO, introduced Andrew Stephens as the bank's new Information Technology security officer and Jason Divelbiss, the bank's newest board of associates member. Chief Financial Officer Franklin T. Klink III reviewed the financial condition of Tower Bancorp Inc., parent company of The First National Bank of Greencastle.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 25, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The man who unseated a Western Maryland legislative titan four years ago is now an incumbent trying to fend off a political challenger. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., a Republican, created a stir in 2002 when he defeated Democrat Casper R. Taylor Jr., who was the House speaker. Now, Myers, 55, of Clear Spring, is trying to hold onto his Subdistrict 1C seat. His opponent in the Nov. 7 general election is Democrat Brian K. Grim of Cumberland, Md., who won a primary in September.
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