Crofton property owners will be asked tonight to approve a 1997 tax district budget of $574,000, a 1 percent increase over the current spending plan.
Under a change in the Crofton Civic Association bylaws approved a year ago, a budget that includes an increase over the previous year may not be adopted without a membership vote. Under the old bylaws, the budget was approved by the association board of directors.
Residents can either approve the spending plan or send it back to the board for changes. The property tax rate will remain at 26 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The increase is mainly because of a 2 percent cost-of-living pay raise for town hall employees, which will cost approximately $7,100. The board cut about $2,500 from public safety, maintenance and other categories to help pay for the raises. But it also added $300 for entertainment at recreation programs and $700 for a new town hall computer.
The board has already decided it will cut the extra entertainment costs and the computer and pare $4,500 from maintenance and the contingency fund if voters reject the budget, Town Manager Barbara Swann said.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Crofton Elementary School.