Town Council gets budget NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

April 09, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The New Windsor Town Council has received the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, which members hope to approve at next month's meeting.

At a meeting Wednesday, Town Clerk/Treasurer Richard Warehime told the council that spending would total $216,187, up more than $13,000 from the current year.

"The entire budget is about 5 percent higher than it was last year," said Mr. Warehime. "It's been a lot of guesswork in this budget, but that's the way with most of them."

The budget would keep the tax rate at 45 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the lowest among Carroll's municipalities.

Mr. Warehime said the town's most expensive project in the next fiscal year will be fixing the leaks in the water and sewer lines, from which 25 percent to 40 percent of the town's water has

been lost.

"We fixed one leak, and it cost about $2,000," said Mr. Warehime. "I don't know how much it's going to cost if we have a bunch of them popping up in umpteen places."

Nearly $300,000 the town has in savings should soften the

financial impact of the project, he said.

Mr. Warehime estimated that the Resident Trooper Program would cost $32,000 next year, based on what the county charged until a mistake was discovered in the fee a few weeks ago.

The town had been paying $8,000 a quarter to share a trooper with Union Bridge, but should have been paying about $6,000, he said.

"I stayed with the other figure since I didn't know whether they might raise it or not," said Mr. Warehime. "It could be higher than $25,000, but I don't expect it to be more than $32,000."

Other major expenditures the town expects to make in the coming fiscal year include $23,987 for trash hauling and recycling, $32,275 for the water department and $61,360 for sewer operations.

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