Hampstead plans to cut property tax rate 3 cents

April 20, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Hampstead Town Council introduced a budget last night that would drop the real estate tax rate from 53 cents to 50 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The 50-cent rate is the town's constant-yield figure, Town Manager John A. Riley said. A 4 percent, across-the-board salary increase for town employees is included in the proposed $722,906 budget.

The budget includes money for an additional police officer.

The spending plan also includes $13,800 for changes to the town office and the town meeting room to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Riley said the ramp to the meeting room needs to be redesigned.

Bathrooms and other fixtures also need to be redesigned to comply with the act, he said.

Anticipated income from real estate and personal property taxes is $333,311. Assessments have risen, Mr. Riley said, and new homes have been built.

Revenue from admissions taxes went up from $5,000 last year to $23,000 this year. Mr. Riley said the substantial increase came because of revenues from the new Oakmont Green golf course.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. before the next Town Council meeting, May 17.

Also last night, the council decided not to paint a new pedestrian crosswalk at Boxwood Drive and Northwoods Trail.

Council members Arthur H. Moler, Gary W. Bauer and Lewis O. Keyser Jr. voted against the crosswalk.

Council members Jacqueline Hyatt and William S. Pearson voted for the crosswalk.

Before the vote, Police Chief Kenneth Russell suggested that a crosswalk be painted across Northwoods Trail at Gaming Square.

Council candidate Dwight Womer, who has been pushing for a crosswalk, said, "Why not put that crosswalk at Northwoods and Boxwood?"

Council candidate Russell "Scott" Laderer said, "People are going to walk where it's most convenient for them to walk."

Mr. Keyser had argued that the crosswalk could not go in at Boxwood Drive and Northwoods Trail because on one side there is no sidewalk.

After the vote, Laura Womer said, "Imagine your liability if and when a child is struck, having turned down this request."

The council also passed two housekeeping resolutions.

One formally ended the town's commitment to a health insurance pool it left in March. The other designated a county official as the town's agent for collecting federal money to help pay for snow removal during the Blizzard of 1993.

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