Port Deposit approves new budget, retains tax rate
— The fiscal year will begin July 1 with the same property tax rate, but a budget that is 1 percent more than the current spending plan, according to the town’s finance director.
Ted Sookiasian said there was not one particular category in Port Deposit’s budget that had a marked change in its spending.
“One item would go up and one would go down,” he explained of the $619,417 operating budget. “It’s really just a continuation of the way we’re operating now.”
Since 2010, Port Deposit has not had to deal with water and sewer issues, having sold its water system to Artesian, and turned its wastewater operations over to Cecil County.
Property owners will be charged 55 cents for every
$100 of assessed value under the budget plan struck last week. That’s slightly above the constant yield rate set by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
“If we used the constant yield rate we would have $3,000 less in our operating budget,” he said Monday.
The state’s suggestion was to charge 54.62 cents per hundred, while the town maintained its 55.1 cents per hundred rate. Sookiasian said the constant yield was issued to the town before two large properties were re-assessed, which would have created the shortfall.
The utility tax rate is also holding the line at 2.2 percent. Only Artesian, Delmarva Power and Verizon pay that tax, he added.
The one unknown in this budget remains the Tome Gas House, he said. Since the town will only have to
Rock Run Bridge to close June 16 PORT DEPOSIT
— Detours are going into place warning motorists that the 86-yearold Rock Run Bridge will be closed beginning June 16, according to a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Charles Gischlar said the closure is expected to last 10 weeks while Richard Pierson Co., from Woodstown, N.J., completes the $2.8 million project on the north end of have half a year of an operating budget for the historic structure- turned- touristcenter, Sookiasian said town officials aren’t certain how much money should be allocated.
“We’re not sure how it’s going to affect the budget,” he said, adding, “We’re guessing at some of the expenses.”
The same goes for the newly opened comfort station in Marina Park. It was another guess to determine how much the supplies and maintenance would cost.
Sookiasian said the cost of trash pick up was going to go up 6.1 percent for several reasons.
“Per our agreement with Waste Management, we needed to raise it,” he said, noting that would address increases in cost for the hauler, including the 5 percent rise in tipping fees at the Cecil County Central Landfill.
With Route 222 closed at Rock Run, traffic will be diverted toward Route 1 and Route 276. A pedestrian bridge near the construction area will allow for free foot traffic throughout.
The new bridge will be 15-feet wider to add a sidewalk. In order to avoid disturbing an adjacent historic property, the road will be angled slightly to accommodate the wider berth.