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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1999
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.
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By JILL ROSEN and JILL ROSEN,SUN REPORTER | June 1, 2006
Baltimore is poised to give a $3.5 million tax break to the developers building a huge, mixed-use project in Harbor East, now one of the city's healthiest and most expensive neighborhoods. But unlike the other breaks Harbor East has garnered, this one, city officials say, was designed not to get a project built but to hold on to a trophy company that was threatening to leave town. The developers of 800 Aliceanna St., a $201 million project that will include offices, hotels, condos and a movie theater, have promised to use the subsidy to lower rents for their anchor office tenant, Laureate Education Inc. Though city development officials say the cost is well worth retaining one of the few publicly traded companies still based in Baltimore, critics question giving more assistance to an already-thriving part of town and wonder whether Laureate - which threatened to leave town once before and got money to stay - was ever serious about leaving.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | May 11, 1995
A slight budget surplus has allowed Sykesville to lower its property tax rate by 1 cent for fiscal 1996.The Town Council unanimously adopted a $1,018,370 budget Monday. It calls for a property tax rate of 83 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.Sykesville, which provides residents with police protection and trash collection, has the highest municipal tax rate in Carroll County."We have our own trash collection service, the only one in the county," said Town Manager Matthew H. Candland. "We also have a large municipal police force."
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2002
If Westminster leaders approve a proposed tax rise next month, the city's residents will pay a rate more than twice that charged in the town of Hampstead, about 10 miles to the northeast and about a third the size. But Westminster officials say they offer enough additional services to make the difference worthwhile. No other Carroll municipality can match the city's 43-officer police force, trash and recycling services, array of parks, support for the arts, and economic development and planning staffs, they say. Hampstead's government might not be able to match Westminster's range of services, town officials say, but it doesn't try. Instead, they say, it opts to provide basic services such as police protection; sewer, water and street services; and snow removal -- all at a minimal cost.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | May 29, 1991
After a war of words over how much town businesses should pay for county tipping fees, the Town Council unanimously passed a $687,307 fiscal 1992 budget last night.Members of the Sykesville Business Association questioned the projection of $20,000 in revenue for trash collection charges and Dumpster rentals.Town Manager James L. Schumacher assured the SBA representatives that the amount could be amended as needed, and that the $20,000 estimate may have been high.The fiscal 1992 budget increases the townproperty tax rate 5 cents, from 68 cents to 73 cents per $100 of assessed value.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1998
With little public comment or official discussion, the Warfield Complex at Springfield Hospital Center became a part of the town of Sykesville last night.The town formally annexed the 139 acres and 15 buildings, once part of the state hospital for the mentally ill, a project that local officials have worked on for more than three years."We have gone through all the hoops to get this far," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman. "This will be an important addition to the town."The county commissioners notified the town yesterday that they had unanimously approved the annexation and that they had also changed the present agricultural zoning to mixed use."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2000
Sykesville officials introduced the town's proposed budget Monday, recommending that the town continue its seven-year record of no increase in taxes. The $1.6 million budget includes $65,000 for a tourism center -- under construction downtown -- and $130,800 in roads projects, mostly for repaving. The only town in Carroll to haul its own trash allocated $198,500 to its Sanitation Department. The Police Department would receive $270,927 in operating funds next year, with most of the money -- $211,767 -- paying the salary of its seven-member force.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer | November 17, 1992
The Hampstead Town Council last night refused to approve the request of Chuck Hollman, the lawyer for Oakmont Green Golf Course owner Lou Snyder, for a payment of $20,000 each January to be accepted in lieu of town taxes.The council, after a brief discussion, postponed further discussion on the matter until next month.Town Manager John A. Riley said that Charles A. Fisher, the Hampstead town attorney, recommended that the town should consider reducing the taxes on the golf course, which opened last spring.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
Sykesville officials have proposed reducing the town's property tax rate by 4 cents to 79 cents per $100 of assessed value.Most town officials lauded the planned decrease in municipal taxes, but one council member is pushing to keep the rate at 83 cents, which ties Westminster as being the highest among Carroll County's eight towns.Councilman Garth Adams said maintaining the current rate would allow Sykesville to pay off more debt and still provide services. The town maintains a police force and is the only Carroll municipality to haul its own trash.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1996
The Sykesville Town Council introduced a $1.1 million budget last week that proposes a still-to-be-determined reduction in the current property tax rate of 83 cents per $100 of assessed value.To help bring the property tax rate down -- possibly by as much as 4 cents, town officials say -- Sykesville plans to reduce trash pickups to once a week from twice a week and to increase trash pickup fees for commercial users by as much as 50 percent."We will have a tax cut, but the question is how much," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2001
SNOW HILL -- If Stephen R. Mathews has learned one thing in his stint as mayor of the Worcester County seat, it's that change does not occur quickly in a town that brags about its 315-year history beside the languid waters of the Pocomoke River. Take taxes. It's been 15 years since the last increase, and despite recent budget woes that have left Snow Hill teetering near insolvency, some residents figure Town Hall ought to keep going as it always has. Angry at a 19 percent property tax increase approved by the Town Council on Tuesday night, a few have suggested that Snow Hill scrap its charter (which dates to 1686)
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 25, 2001
BEIJING - A government crackdown on a village in central China has intensified in recent days with authorities arresting at least five more people and inundating the community with police in a continued effort to cover up a bloody raid last week against tax protesters, local sources said. At least one of those arrested was taken in on suspicion of talking to the foreign media about the incident. In the past several days, sources said, large numbers of local police and People's Armed Police - the nation's anti-riot troops - have occupied the farming village of Yuntang in Jiangxi Province.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2000
Sykesville officials introduced the town's proposed budget Monday, recommending that the town continue its seven-year record of no increase in taxes. The $1.6 million budget includes $65,000 for a tourism center -- under construction downtown -- and $130,800 in roads projects, mostly for repaving. The only town in Carroll to haul its own trash allocated $198,500 to its Sanitation Department. The Police Department would receive $270,927 in operating funds next year, with most of the money -- $211,767 -- paying the salary of its seven-member force.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1999
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.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1998
With little public comment or official discussion, the Warfield Complex at Springfield Hospital Center became a part of the town of Sykesville last night.The town formally annexed the 139 acres and 15 buildings, once part of the state hospital for the mentally ill, a project that local officials have worked on for more than three years."We have gone through all the hoops to get this far," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman. "This will be an important addition to the town."The county commissioners notified the town yesterday that they had unanimously approved the annexation and that they had also changed the present agricultural zoning to mixed use."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
An increase in revenue from county and state sources and from town impact fees has generated a budget surplus of nearly $300,000 for the town of Sykesville.An independent audit of town finances identified the surplus, which is about 25 percent of the town's $1.2 million budget and comes in the same year that Sykesville has reduced its property tax rate by 4 cents per $100 of assessed value.The surplus could mean another tax reduction next year."I know there will be a lot of sentiment to lower taxes again, but we have to see about putting this money to the best possible use," Mayor Jonathan S. Herman said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | April 8, 1992
A lot of "imponderables" made the fiscal 1993 budget process an exercise in guess work, said Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime as he delivered figures to the council last week."
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | April 28, 1991
The fiscal 1992 budget introduced by the Town Council Wednesday night reflects little change from the current year's spending plan, keeping the tax rate at 42 cents.The $496,244 proposal represents a 6.4 percent increase over this year's $466,197 budget.Much of the $30,047 increase will go toward the purchase of a newpolice car -- a second vehicle for the town's three-officer force --and the new project administrator position created in the current budget.The council has budgeted $20,000 for the police car and $25,000 for the administrator job, now filled by David M. Warner, a former councilman whose three-month, 20-hour-per-week contract recently was renewed.
NEWS
June 4, 1996
Although Sykesville residents will be paying more county property taxes, they can look forward to a reduction in the municipal property tax rate.The Town Council unanimously passed a budget last week that is based on a 79-cent rate per $100 of assessed value. The new tax is four cents lower than last year. The town budget for fiscal 1997, which begins July 1, is $1.1 million."There was a consensus on reducing the tax rate, but the question was how much," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
Sykesville officials have proposed reducing the town's property tax rate by 4 cents to 79 cents per $100 of assessed value.Most town officials lauded the planned decrease in municipal taxes, but one council member is pushing to keep the rate at 83 cents, which ties Westminster as being the highest among Carroll County's eight towns.Councilman Garth Adams said maintaining the current rate would allow Sykesville to pay off more debt and still provide services. The town maintains a police force and is the only Carroll municipality to haul its own trash.
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