Taneytown property tax to stay at 78 cents for '95

May 10, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Taneytown's property tax rate will remain 78 cents per $100 of assessed value for the next fiscal year.

At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. announced that a decision had been made to leave the rate unchanged for fiscal year 1995.

The City Council also voted to have repair work done on Park Drive and George Street -- two of several ravaged by the harsh winter -- at a cost not to exceed $60,000.

In other business, resident Bill MacKinzie asked the council to correct poor lane markings on the street behind McDonald's in Taneytown Shopping Center and on Grand Drive. He cited a risk to children who play in the area.

City Manager John L. Kendall said McDonald's officials would put a stop sign at their entrance so vehicles will stop before exiting onto the extended lane.

Mr. Kendall also said he has applied for a low-interest, $900,000 loan to help pay for renovations to the city's wastewater system.

The city needs to replace old pipes to stop infiltration of surface water into the sewers. The added water has forced the city's wastewater facility to work overtime, he said.

Mayor Reindollar and the City Council tabled discussion about whether to accept Taneytown Bank and Trust Co.'s offer to donate to the city former pharmacy and bank buildings on East Baltimore Street.

Taneytown Heritage Committee President Donald Stenley urged officials, when they decide whether to accept the buildings and what to do with them, to think about the contribution the buildings make to the city's character.

Officials will seek a restoration specialist to evaluate the expense of repairing and maintaining the buildings, and make a decision May 17 during the council work session.

Earlier, the mayor and council honored the memory of Jeffrey Calvin Colbert, the U.S. serviceman from Taneytown killed when his helicopter was shot down by "friendly fire" in Iraq last month.

Mayor Reindollar read a proclamation citing Mr. Colbert's "supreme sacrifice" for his country, and presented it to Mr. Colbert's family.

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