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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 14, 2013
When Boonsboro Town Clerk and tax collector Barbara Rodenhiser started her job nearly 35 years ago, she said Boonsboro was a laid-back agricultural town that had a fraction of the traffic it does today. Rodenhiser prepared town residents' utility bills by hand back then, and her office was in a tiny building on St. Paul Street. A cat came around in the mornings and she let it in the window so she could feed it. If that sounds a bit like Mayberry, “It was, in essence,” Rodenhiser said.
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NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2013
Most of the 50 area residents, legislators and local officials attending a public meeting Thursday on West Virginia's transportation infrastructure problems expressed opposition to new road taxes for maintenance and construction of highway and bridge systems. The survey was done electronically with all audience members handed a remote device through which they posted their answers to four multiple-choice questions on 14 related topics. Questions with anything to do with raising taxes received negative responses.
OPINION
July 8, 2013
The new fiscal year has begun for local governments, and with it comes the time for gazing into the crystal ball. The City of Hagerstown introduced a $133 million budget in May that calls for no property tax increase. In the same breath, the council warned that this tether on taxes might be about to snap. Property will be reassessed this year, and the results for the city treasury are unlikely to be good. Council member Martin Brubaker said that city staff is estimating that the value of city property is liable to shrink by 8 percent.
OPINION
July 7, 2013
“As Maryland leads the way with taxation without representation for its citizens, the other states will follow. They tax a tax on nature, rain tax. The government is not hearing the cries of the people. No more taxes.” - Warfordsburg, Pa. “Other than at a job, I would like to know if there's anywhere to purchase affordable health care in Washington County. If one takes out President Obama's Medicaid, then one loses their property upon death.” - Funkstown “To the person calling in about their father's headstone: They need to contact the church.
NEWS
June 29, 2013
Washington County property owners can expect to see their county and state tax bills in their mailboxes over the next few days. County Treasurer Todd Hershey said real-estate tax bills were printed last week and were to be sent out Friday, most likely arriving by Saturday or Monday. “We're getting a lot of calls from people wondering where they are,” he said. In total, the county anticipates collecting $107.7 million in property taxes, Hershey said. Real-estate taxes overall have declined steadily over the past few years, dropping from $113 million collected in 2010-11, Hershey said.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 25, 2013
The gasoline tax in Maryland will increase by about 4 cents a gallon on Monday, part of a series of increase in the tax in the years to come to fund transportation projects in the state. This is the first increase in the state gasoline tax since 1992. The measure, which cleared the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year, will raise the state gas tax by 12.1 cents a gallon by July 2015. Another increase in the state gas tax of 8.1 cents a gallon is possible in 2016, if federal Internet sales tax legislation does not pass, according to the Associated Press.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
The Greencastle-Antrim School Board passed a 2013-14 budget Thursday night that includes a real estate tax increase of 2.25 mills. After failing to agree on a budget at its June 6 meeting despite four taxing options - including 2 mills, 2.5 mills, 3 mills and 3.8 mills - the board quickly approved a new option of 2.25 at Thursday's meeting. One mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value. The nine-member board voted 6-1 to approve the district's $35 million budget, with board member Michael Still casting the dissenting vote.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Franklin County, Pa., government leaders are trying to recoup tax money from a collection agency that went out of business. Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania, or Centax, did not collect taxes within Franklin County. However, it collected earned income taxes in neighboring Cumberland and Adams counties. Some Franklin County residents who work in Adams or Cumberland counties likely had income taxes withheld by their employers. That money should have been returned to their home municipalities and school districts.
NEWS
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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