Ward Foundation asks O.C. Council for funds
A request for $15,000 to help the Ward Foundation build a museum in Salisbury is being considered by the Ocean City Council. The Ward Foundation asked the city to fund $15,000 over the next three years to help it reach its goal of $5.2 million. Another $500,000 is needed. The Ward Foundation has the largest collection of wildfowl art in the nation.
Smoking bill targets Convention Center
An ordinance to prohibit smoking in city-owned buildings has been passed on first reading. If approved, smoking would be banned in offices at the O.C. Convention Center but will be permitted in other areas including restrooms, hallways and exhibit areas.
Proposed budget would raise tax rate
Budget talks are continuing in Worcester County. If the proposed budget is passed with all requests being granted, the budget would be $57.1 million and the tax rate would increase from $1.59 to $1.85 per $100 of assessed property values. The largest budget request is from the Board of Education for $30 million. The Worcester County commissioners will discuss and revise the budget before formally passing it at the May 21 or June 4 meeting.
Boardwalk tram fare increased to $1.25
Boardwalk tram fare has been increased from $1 to $1.25, an Ocean City Council decision that will increase the town's annual revenue by $120,000. Other cost-saving changes include eliminating overnight bus service on weekdays during the winter and eliminating boardwalk tram service in the winter for a savings of $30,000. The town will save another $150,000 by requiring trash to be placed on the curb. The changes were made during a review of the 1991-92 city budget.
County bus system begins in May
The new public county bus system will begin Memorial Day Weekend. Buses will travel from Ocean City to Pocomoke City, )) Ocean Pines, Snow Hill, Newark, Stockton and Girdle Tree. Service will be available every day including holidays. Fares will be $1 and $2, depending on the distance traveled. Call 632-3232.