Washington County preps for upcoming budget hearing


Washington County Commissioners discuss final touches to the FY 2020 before the budget hearing happening in two weeks.

Chief Financial Officer Sara Greaves along with County Administrator Rob Slocum presented a FY 2020 review to commissioners during a BOCC meeting.

Slocum suggested that the Washington County Election Board’s request for a permanent home is more of a want and not a need.

Emergency medical services in Washington County also made it a point to express what it considers a dire need for funding in order to supply an appropriate amount of employees.

The proposed budget contains tax increases and according to Slocum, this hasn’t happened in 19 years.

According to County Commissioner Wayne Keefer, the county has been able to increase its tax revenue without increasing its tax rate.

“I don’t think we need a tax increase because even for the last 19 years without changing our tax rate, our budget has grown $88.2 million,” Keefer said.

Slocum said within the budget, there are increases in revenue.

“One is to deal with some utility costs that have built up over a few years to get our reserves back up on those utilities to make them secure and solid,” Slocum said.

The budget hearing will be held May 14 at 6 p.m. at the Hagerstown Community College Kepler Theater.

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