Council approves budget New Windsor tax rate won't increase

May 06, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The New Windsor Town Council approved a $216,187 operating budget for fiscal year 1994 last night, which will keep the tax rate at 45 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the lowest among Carroll's municipalities.

Clerk/Treasurer Richard Warehime said the budget is about 5 percent higher than last year.

Nearly 20 percent of the town's total revenue will come from $22,900 for sewer charges and $17,000 for water service charges, according to the budget.

Mr. Warehime said he did not figure into the budget any service charges for new residents who may be moving into houses now being built in town.

"Nothing was added for them because those houses are a very uncertain thing," said Mr. Warehime. "There may be a couple of houses built in town, but I can't estimate that."

The council also discussed the numerous leaks in the water system, which the town plans to fix this fiscal year.

Barry Walter, a representative from the Maryland Rural Water Association, was at the meeting last night and offered his group's leak-finding services free of charge, which is the usual practice of the nonprofit group.

Mr. Warehime said the town has lost an estimated 25 percent to 40 percent of its water because of numerous leaks it has been unsuccessful in finding.

The council agreed to let Mr. Walter and his associates conduct a water audit to find out how much water the town is losing.

The town's $300,000 savings may help ease the pain of paying to repair the leaks, but Mr. Warehime said the town also is looking into increasing the rate for water services to help cover the cost.

In other business, the council approved an amendment to its curfew ordinance, which will take effect June 19.

The law prohibits any person under the age of 18 to be in any public place without his or her legal guardian after 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and after 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Last night's meeting was the last for Councilman R. Kenneth Green, who will move with his family to Arizona after serving one term.

James C. Carlisle presided over the meeting for the last time as mayor, but he hopes to return to the familiar room above the fire hall as a councilman after Tuesday's election.

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