Crofton's board approves budget Plan calls for no increase over current spending

January 23, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

The board of the Crofton Civic Association voted last night to adopt a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 with no increase over the current budget of $568,000.

The vote came after the association's annual general membership meeting failed to draw a quorum of 75 property owners from the special tax district. The association must submit its budget to the county by Jan. 31.

With only 58 property owners present, the association could not hold a vote on the proposed higher spending plan of $574,000, forcing the seven-member board to pass a budget that allows for no increase.

In a meeting after the larger session adjourned, the board voted 4-3 to approve the budget.

At last year's general membership meeting, property owners changed the civic association's bylaws to require a vote by the general membership if a proposed budget included an increase over the previous year. Under previous bylaws, the board could adopt a budget with as much as a 5 percent increase in spending without a membership vote.

Board President Edwin F. Dosek cast last night's deciding vote, joining members Ken Folstein, Cathy Trebelhorn and Kathy Sherman. Their vote cut $300 from recreation programs, $700 that was slated for a new town hall computer, $2,000 from maintenance and $2,500 from a contingency fund; and approved a 2 percent cost of living increase for town hall employees.

Members Sheila Schneider, Richard Trunnell and Kathy Puhak opposed the cuts but supported trimming the cost of living raise to as little as half a percent with the difference going to maintenance. "From what I am hearing, the people are really angry about a 2 percent increase when we are cutting maintenance," Ms. Schneider said.

Richard Glesner, a 30-year Crofton resident, said last night's outcome, with no vote on the budget by the general membership, could be a civics lesson. "If you don't participate then don't complain," he said. "If some people are disappointed with the results of this, where were they?"

Because the budget includes no increase in spending, the property tax will remain at 26 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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