Taneytown proposes no rise in tax rate Budget increase put at 12 percent

June 08, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Taneytown City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. and Clerk/Treasurer Linda M. Hess proposed last night to increase next year's budget by about 12 percent, while maintaining the city's 78-cent tax rate.

Mr. Mangini and Ms. Hess estimated the city will take in and spend $1,788,000. They said an increase in the taxable property base would generate the additional tax revenue.

Although the council advertised the meeting as a public hearing on the proposed fiscal 1994 budget, Grant and Cathy Stone were the only residents who attended.

"I read the advertisement in the paper over and over and it sounded like they were keeping the 78-cent tax rate, but I wasn't sure," said Mrs. Stone, who lives on Courier Court. "I called Linda [Ms. Hess] and asked her about it, but I wanted to come and see what was going on."

According to the proposal, the city is expected to take in $485,885 in local taxes next year, a 10 percent increase from this year.

Mr. Mangini and Ms. Hess estimate that $294,324 will be spent on administrative salaries, up from the $242,062 budgeted for this year.

Ms. Hess said the money will go to cover expenses of an additional city police officer and the upgrade of the current part-time city office assistant to full time beginning July 1.

Other salary considerations include a part-time parks and recreation director, who will be hired in the beginning of 1994.

City management has budgeted $10,000 more for patrol and investigation in the next fiscal year, to pay for a new police cruiser.

The proposal also shows that water and sewer projects command hefty sums from the city's utility fund in fiscal year 1994.

The drilling and construction of a city well and the painting of a water tower are included in the $158,370 the city management budgeted for water capital projects.

Mr. Mangini and Ms. Hess budgeted $160,000 for the city's sewer-rehabilitation project, but most of the work will be funded by loans and grants.

This year, only $75,000 was budgeted for water and sewer projects combined.

Ms. Hess said $2,500 is proposed for snow and ice removal because the amount is almost "middle ground" between what they planned for and what they actually spent during this year's snowy winter.

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