Local NewsCounty looks at 23-cent tax increase

Washington County commissioners will be asked to consider a 23-cent tax increase to create a funding pipeline for a list of capital projects, a decision that must be made by Sept. 30.

“Because of the county’s limited capacity to borrow on top of the $150 million in outstanding debt, we cannot respond to these needs in the manner we have traditionally,” Mayor Dan Eldridge told commissioners during Monday night’s meeting. “Approving projects on a first-come first-served basis and issuing bonds or capital outlay notes to cover the cost without consideration of timing and cost of other needs is irresponsible.”

Budget Committee members reconvened for the second time, following the full commission’s meeting on Aug. 24, during which the board was presented with two funding options for a proposed 10-year capital investment plan. More...

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