Per­ryville ap­proves $8.4 mil­lion bud­get, cuts taxes

Prop­erty tax rate low­ered for sixth year

Cecil Whig - - PERRYVILLE ELECTION - By JANE BELLMYER

PER­RYVILLE

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— For the sixth year in a row, the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers have ap­proved a new bud­get that lowers the prop­erty tax rate.

The $8.4 mil­lion spend­ing plan for the fis­cal year, which be­gins July 1, charges 0.3097 cents per $100 of as­sessed value, com­pared to 0.3130 charged in the cur­rent spend­ing plan. It rep­re­sents a 13 per­cent de­crease.

Rachel Deaner, fi­nance di­rec­tor, said both bud­gets use the con­stant yield rate set by the Mary­land Depart­ment of As­sess­ments and Tax­a­tion

“That’s what the con­stant yield does,” she said. “It gets us the same amount of rev­enue as the pre­vi­ous year.”

The con­stant yield fac­tors in the as­sess­ment of all prop­erty within the town’s bor­ders and for­mu­lates a rate, which al­lows the governing body to de­cide if rais­ing more rev­enue through taxes is war­ranted.

“We’re still giv­ing a 2 per­cent dis­count,” Deaner said.

That dis­count goes to prop­erty tax bills paid in full by July 31.

The per­sonal prop­erty tax rate re­mains the same at 0.94 cents per $100 of as­sessed value.

On top of low­er­ing prop­erty taxes, Per­ryville has one other unique dis­tinc­tion, Mayor Jim Eber­hardt said.

“We are one of the few towns that in­clude trash col­lec­tion in it ex­penses,” the mayor said.

Res­i­dents do not get a bill for col­lec­tion of trash, re­cy­clables, yard waste and larger items.

While the fis­cal 2015 bud­get was $7.4 mil­lion, Deaner said the new pack­age lacks at least two very large projects, which town of­fi­cials ex­pect to have fin­ished by June 30.

“This year had a lot of projects,” she said, in­clud­ing Lower Ferry Park’s de­vel­op­ment and re­pairs and up­grades along Elm Street.

With those near com­ple­tion, Deaner said the grant fund­ing re­ceived through the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and The Mary­land Her­itage Ar­eas Au­thor­ity would not be in the new bud­get.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Cast­ing and reel­ing, cast­ing and reel­ing. These fish­er­men were in search of a catch on the Susque­hanna River.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

A boat un­der full power flies past fish­ing boats, break­ing up the oth­er­wise quiet morn­ing on the Susque­hanna River.

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