Westminster's proposed '93-'94 budget will maintain the current tax rate

April 27, 1993|By Staff Report

The Westminster City Council introduced its proposed $10,782,111 budget for fiscal year 1993-1994 at its meeting last night.

The city proposes to maintain its current tax rate of 83 cents per $100 of assessed evaluation, which will generate $176,400 more in property tax revenue than last year.

The proposed water and sewer ordinance, on the other hand, would increase quarterly water bills by 3 percent and sewer fees by 5 percent, according to city Finance Director Stephen V. Dutterer.

Westminster's estimated assessable base will increase by 7.5 percent in the coming year, to $293,054,549 from $272,559,689, which accounts for the larger amount of revenue generated by the steady tax rate.

"We intend to maintain the current tax rate, at least we hope to," said Councilman Stephen R. Chapin.

Police and fire protection take up $1,678,175, which is 15.5 percent of the proposed budget, followed by public works at $1,507,108, which is 14 percent of the budget.

The cost of general government under the proposal is $671,184.

Pension and insurance are budgeted for $853,000. Recreation and parks are allocated $357,700.

Also included in the budget are four new police cars and an across-the-board pay increase of 1 1/2 percent for city employees.

A public hearing on the budget will begin at 7 p.m. May 3 at City Hall on Longwell Avenue.

Mr. Dutterer said that for an average household, using 6,000 gallons of water per quarter, "Water bills would go from the current $16.65 to $17.15 under the proposal.

"Sewer fees based on the same quarterly usage figures would increase from the current $17.70 to $18.60. The combined average increase will be about $12 a year," he said.

Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said that the 3 percent increase in water fees is "strictly for inflation."

In other action, the council voted to:

* Award Redhill Lawn Service a $5,675 bid to landscape the Pennsylvania Avenue storm water management pond.

* Award Redhill Lawn Service a $5,292 bid to landscape Bishop's Garth/South Center Street open space.

* Award C&P Telephone a $17,398 bid for the telephone system in the new police headquarters.

* Close the city-owned pond in the Eden Farms subdivision to fishing, swimming and ice skating because it is part of the storm water management system and tends to be polluted. The site will be properly posted by signs.

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