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Extension of Time for Municipalities to Adopt the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

Extension of Time for Municipalities to Adopt the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

County Attorney Richard Douglas brought a resolution granting extension of time for municipalities to adopt APFO ordinances in compliance with Section 2-701 of the Code of Public Laws of Washington County, as amended in Chapter 598, Acts of 2005. On January 10, the Commissioners extended time for municipalities to adopt APFOs in compliance with the statute to 120 days after the adoption of the latest version of the County's APFO, on November 1, 2005. Time will run out on May 1 and the City of Hagerstown has stated that it cannot meet the deadline without an extension. The previous resolution provided that any municipalities adopted a compliant APFO before the deadline would be entitled to the "municipal share" of the building excise taxes collected in the municipality. Refusing to grant the extension would cut off the rights of some municipalities to recover the municipal share of building excise taxes collected in their jurisdictions, increasing the County's share. Douglas said that the City's APFO is under review by the Legal Department and that the Town of Clear Spring has yet to submit its APFO plan. The measure was approved by unanimous vote.

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