Sykesville's proposed tax rate would continue downward trend

Town's rate has fallen each year since 1994

June 02, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A pattern of property tax decreases continues for homeowners in Sykesville.

In five of the past six years, the town of 3,500 has lowered its property tax rate, once one of the highest among Carroll's eight municipalities. The proposed fiscal 2000 budget, introduced last week, promises another slight decrease.

The $1.5 million budget, which the Town Council is expected to adopt this month, sets the town property tax rate at 76 cents per $100 of assessed value, down 1 cent from last year. That would mean about $10 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.

In addition to town taxes, Sykesville residents pay a county tax rate of $2.62 per $100,000.

Town taxes have not risen since 1994, when they reached 84 cents. The rate has dropped every year since, in large part because of impact fees from new-home owners.

"Sykesville has experienced growth, so its total revenues have increased," said Town Manager Matthew H. Candland. "It has been the objective of the Town Council to refine and make more efficient all town services."

The town, the population of which has grown by more than 1,000 since 1990, has used nearly all available building lots. The council recently rezoned 32 acres at Raincliffe Road and Route 32 for residential use for a project that could mean about 150 homes.

For other sources of revenue, officials are hoping to transform recently annexed state property along Route 32 into an office, business and education campus.

Sykesville provides its residents with police protection and is the only Carroll town to collect its own trash.

A public hearing on the budget is set for 7 p.m. June 14, followed by a vote on adoption. The budget takes effect July 1.

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