County officials consider tax increase
County officials, working on the budget for fiscal year 1992-93, will soon decide whether to increase property taxes. The current tax rate is $1.59 per $100 of assessed property value. County departments have requested $52.4 million in funding and the county expects to get $49.3 million in revenues. To balance those figures, the commissioners will either cut requests or raise revenues.
A one-cent property tax increase would generate $211,000 according to John Yankus, county administrator. Three of the five commissioners said they will oppose a property tax increase. A budget must be adopted by May 19.
Job competition expected to grow
Ocean City's busy summer tourist season isn't far away, and there will be 12,000 to 14,000 jobs to fill. In November, December and January, the county unemployment rate was more than 20 percent, which makes some resort officials believe that out of work adults will be competing with high school and college students for jobs this summer.
Martha Clements, Ocean City's public relations director, said that last year many adults took the county bus and commuted to jobs in Ocean City. "I think we will be seeing that again this year," she said.
Hearing to be held on money bill
The Worcester County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for April 21 to hear comments on a bill to repeal an earlier bill that would have authorized the commissioners to borrow $7 million to pay for county projects. The repeal bill, introduced by Commissioner Jeanne Lynch, was prompted by a petition signed by county residents who opposed going to the bond market. Mrs. Lynch said that even though legal authorities called the petition insufficient, she believes the repeal bill is "the best and most productive course of action for the county." To replace the bond bill, Mrs. Lynch introduced individual bills for bonding certain projects.