Washington County Commissioners Approve Proposed Budget, Hold Line on Taxes

Washington County Commissioners approved two resolutions last week, one to set the county’s property tax rate and the other to give approval to the county’s proposed FY 2016 budget.  The proposed operating and capital budget totals $258.7 million and continues to hold the line on taxes. Property and income tax rates have remained the same since 2001.

As reported by the Hagerstown Herald-Mail,

The balanced $206.9 million general-fund budget holds the line on the county property tax rate, which will stay at 94.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, as well as keeps the income-tax rate constant at 2.8 percent.

Chief Financial Officer Debra Murray went over some final details of the operating budget and the next fiscal year’s $51.8 million in projects contained in the county’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan during the weekly commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

Education accounts for the largest portion of the general-fund budget at $107.1 million. Law enforcement and emergency services combine to make up about $33 million of operational spending, which is about $2.3 million, or 1.16 percent, more than the current year.

Major projects to be funded under the proposed capital budget include the new Jonathan Hager Elementary School, various road work, facility improvements at Hagerstown Community College and upgrades to county sewage-treatment plants.

Commissioners will now begin to hold public hearings on the budget.

View Commissioner Baker’s Discussion on the county budget here.