Ocean City beaches to be widened by July
The project to replenish Ocean City's beaches was expected to begin Friday. The more than $12 million cost will be shared by the federal, state, county and Ocean City governments. The beaches will be widened from 4th Street north to the Delaware Border with sand pumped from the ocean floor. Flattened sand dunes will also be rebuilt. Work should be completed in July.
Worcester officials vote unofficially for tax hike
Worcester County officials have unofficially voted to raise property and piggyback taxes. At a recent budget meeting, the county commissioners voted unanimously to increase the property tax from $1.59 to $1.62 per $100 of assessed property value and to raise the local income tax, known as the piggyback tax, from 20 percent to 30 percent. They also denied pay raises for all county employees, including teachers, who have lobbied for raises this year. The requested $52.4 million budget is expected to be passed Tuesday, but the commissioners have until June 2.
Ocean City works to balance budget
In an effort to keep the cost of maintaining property down and hotel rates reasonable, the Ocean City council is working to balance the 1992-'93 budget without raising property or room taxes. Officials originally talked about a 5 cent property tax increase to help pay the $700,000 tipping fee that will be charged to dump city trash into the county landfill in Newark, Md. However, due to the economy, city officials plan to make cuts in departmental spending and to maintain the current tax rate of $1.25 per $100 of assessed property value. The 1992-'93 budget is expected to be passed in June.
Tourism is down in Ocean City
Ocean City Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell said tourism in Ocean City has been down this year compared to spring weekends last year. There have been 10,000 to 20,000 fewer people in town, he said. It could be because of the chilly, rainy weather, the mayor said, or because vacationers are not taking as many weekend trips. Regardless of the reason, Mr. Powell said, he is opposed to increasing either county or city taxes. "There's only so much you can put on the people," he said.