Sykesville adopts budget for 1995

May 24, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The Sykesville Town Council unanimously adopted the fiscal 1995 budget last night. Despite a 2-cent increase in the property tax rate, no residents came to comment at the public hearing during the meeting.

Residents will pay 84 cents per $100 of assessed value in the $990,230 budget.

For the owner of a home assessed at $105,000, the increase would mean an additional $21 per year, said Mayor Kenneth W. Clark.

The majority of the tax increases since 1991 are "directly related to trash tipping fees," which the county charges towns for use of landfills, said the mayor. The expected $53 per ton fee next year meant an additional $13,000 in the town's public works budget.

The budget includes $5,000 for a Main Street marketing program -- an item which council members included during a workshop last week.

"We added this money to actively pursue a strategy to help Main Street," said Councilman Jonathan Herman. "We are hoping that with this seed money and closer cooperation with Main Street merchants, we can develop a strategy."

The council also received a rezoning petition from the developer of the Raincliffe Industrial Center.

David Moxley, owner of the site at Raincliffe Road and Route 32, is asking the town to convert the 32-acre industrial property to residential use.

"They are claiming the residential area will pay its own way and is marketable," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher.

The proposal includes a concept plan for the construction of 192 townhouses over a three-year period and estimates the project eventually will generate $141,000 a year in real estate taxes.

A public financing package to develop Raincliffe -- the town's only industrial land -- as a business and light industry center expired Jan. 1.

The Planning Commission will review the petition at its June 6 meeting and will set a public hearing before making its recommendations to the council. The council probably will not act on the proposal until August.

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