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Tax Differential Issue An Ongoing Debate

June 5th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The issue of tax differential has been an ongoing debate between Allegany County and the City of Cumberland for decades- even after a formula was established by the courts when the two sides couldn’t resolve the matter. The differential is a tax break provided to municipal residents to offset the cost of duplicative services. While many city residents don’t believe enough of a break is being provided and feel they are being double taxed for service- County Finance Director Jason Bennett notes that more than 70% of the county’s total general fund budget goes toward services that otherwise would not be available to city residents. Those include: education; the county detention center; libraries; the health department and tourism…

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