Washington County Talks Legislative Priorities

The Washington County Board of Commissioners discussed priorities for the 2018 legislative session, reports Herald-Mail Media: and bond authorization, expanded property tax credits, high grass and weeds and truck parking took center stage.

The Commissioners discussed expanding a property tax credit for disabled veterans. Reports Herald-Mail Media:

A couple of years ago, legislation was passed allowing the county to provide a property-tax credit of up to 50 percent to disabled veterans.

The credit is provided on a sliding scale, so a veteran who is 50 percent disabled gets a 50 percent credit, Deputy County Attorney Kirk Downey told the commissioners on Oct. 24.

Downey said his understanding was that the county received a request to expand that credit to include the entire range of disabilities.

The County plans to seek authorization to borrow $60 million in bonds for fiscal 2019 through 2022. Commissioner John Barr indicated that the County needs the bond revenues to compensate for the lack of highway user revenues for transportation projects. The County will also pursue restoration of local roads funding during the 2018 session.

Commissioners raised concerns about repeat offenders of nuisances like trash, grass and weeds. They also indicated that trucks parking overnight in front of businesses, sometimes blocking driveways, raised issues for constituents. It is unclear whether state legislation is required to address those issues.