Taneytown 1995 budget increases by 7 percent

June 23, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,City of TaneytownSun Staff Writer

The increase in the county's tipping fee, a rise in the cost of health and liability insurance and a new salary plan have stretched Taneytown's fiscal 1995 budget to nearly $2 million.

Extensive sewer replacement in the city square area has also caused the budget to increase by 7 percent, from $1,788,000 in the current budget year to $1,918,805 beginning July 1, said City Manager John L. Kendall.

The city's property tax of 78 cents per $100 of assessed valuation remains the same.

The increase of the county landfill tipping fee from $40 to $45 accounts for much of the 11 percent increase in the city's solid waste/recycling expense, Mr. Kendall said.

Officials have budgeted $151,000 for the service in fiscal 1995; the service was budgeted for $135,000 in the current fiscal year.

Group insurance for the city's 17 employees has risen by 17 percent in the past year. Officials budgeted $133,013 for the coverage for fiscal year 1995. The cost in fiscal 1994 was $111,136.

A new salary plan that goes into effect July 1 has given all employees an average 3 percent pay increase. About $9,000 is being spent on the raises, which includes a cost of living increase, Mr. Kendall said.

Some employees will get slight raises from this fiscal year to the next. For example, the city manager and the police chief's salaries increase from $37,132 to $37,871 and from $29,686 to $30,382, respectively.

Other workers, such as the chief enforcement officer (CEO) and the municipal office assistant, received heftier pay increases because their initial salaries were less than the entry-level pay for their postion on the new pay scale.

The CEO's salary has been raised from $7,940 to $10,788. The office assistant will be paid $15,178 rather than $13,000.

The money the city has to provide for street work has increased 13 percent, from $124,685 last year to $14,340 in fiscal '95.

Sewer lines are being replaced at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Route 194, one of four sections of the city's severely damaged, 40-plus-year-old system.

The segment of Route 194 where pipes are being replaced runs from the city's pumping station on York Street, crosses over Route 140 and ends near St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Frederick Street.

The largest single increase in any budget item is another street expense -- snow and ice removal.

Officials budgeted $5,000 in fiscal year 1995 for the service, more than three time the current year's $1,500 estimate. As a result of the storms this past winter, the city spent about $10,000 for salaries, salt purchases and outside contracts to independent snow-removal companies.

TANEYTOWN BUDGET FISCAL 1995

CATEGORY .. .. .. .. .. .. ..FISCAL 1994 .. .. .. .. .FISCAL 1995

GENERAL FUND REVENUES

Local taxes .. .. .. .. .. .. .$490,528.. .. .. .. .. $526,805

State revenues .. .. .. .. .. ..243,869.. .. .. .. .. .289,161

County revenues .. .. .. .. .. .194,228.. .. .. .. ....212,688

Local revenues .. .. .. .. .. .. 79,075.. .. .. .. .. ..99,721

Grants .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. .. .. ..0.. .. .. .. .. ...6,800

TOTAL .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...1,007,700.. .. .. .. ...1,135,175

GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES

Administration .. .. .. .. .. ..$193,923.. .. .. .. ..$222,223

Public safety .. .. .. .. .. .. .218,830.. .. .. .. ...212,985

Public utilities .. .. .. .. .. .345,610.. .. .. .. ...430,787

Parks/recreation .. .. .. .. .. .108,201.. .. .. .. .. 134,384

Insurance .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..111,136.. .. .. .. .. 133,013

Savings transfer .. .. .. .. .. ..30,000.. .. .. .. .. ..1,783

TOTAL .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .1,007,700.. .. .. .. .1,135,175

UTILITY FUND REVENUES

Water fees .. .. .. .. .. .. . .$201,650.. .. .. .. ..$226,823

Sewer fees .. .. .. .. .. .. ... 196,700.. .. .. .. ...221,520

Assessments/interest .. .. .. .. 326,650.. .. .. .. .. 287,002

TOTAL .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... ..725,000.. .. .. .. ...735,345

UTILITY FUND EXPENDITURES

Water expenses .. .. ... .. .. .$263,608.. .. .. .. ..$116,889

Sewer expenses .. ... .. .. . ...291,229.. .. .. .. ...437,830

Miscellaneous expenses .. .. .. .170,163.. .. .. .. ...180,626

TOTAL .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...725,000.. .. .. .. ...735,345

SWIMMING POOL REVENUES

TOTAL .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...$55,300.. .. .. .. ...$48,285

SWIMMING POOL EXPENDITURES

TOTAL .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ...$55,300.. .. .. .. ...$48,285

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