County tax waiver set a good precedent
By Michael Hemphill
I want to thank the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors for waiving real estate taxes in support of the mission to revitalize the old Elliston Fire Station into the community’s food pantry and thrift shop.
The $2,000 a year tax bill savings means more donor contributions and potential thrift shop sales can go to the building’s renovation (a $220,000 endeavor) and to the operation of the food pantry that each month provides needed groceries to some 150 low-income families in eastern Montgomery County.
Such an example of a public-private partnership should be celebrated.
Hemphill is the Executive Director of the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation.
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