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County Officials Encourage Residents To Support Bill For State To Make Revenue Payments To Counties

February 14th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County officials are encouraging residents to support legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that would require the state to make annual revenue payments to counties in which it owns property. The land in question includes state forests, state parks and wildlife management areas. The proposed bill would generate revenue based on acre increments on those areas, generating $250,000 for every 10,000 acres the state owns. State Senator George Edwards is a sponsor of the bill and has pushed for it each of the past two general sessions. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine says the county does receive 25 percent of revenue from timber sales on the state-owned land- but that doesn’t come close to what the county should be receiving from the state…


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