Proposed FY17 budget includes funding for NDHS project
CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Council proposed their budget for fiscal year 2017 at the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19.
The budget totals $67,333,790, which is down $6.3 million from the adopted budget in FY16.
The council proposes the same real property tax rate of $0.976 per $100 of assessed property value in FY17 as in FY16 for outside of Cambridge and Hurlock. The proposed rate for Cambridge is $0.9267 and $0.9259 for Hurlock, and they are slightly less than FY16.
The capital budget for FY17 totals $8,071,358 and includes several big ticket projects. Dorchester County Board of Education would receive $3,021,435 for planning and design of the replacement North Dorchester High School project. They are expected to break ground on the new school this summer.
“Securing the resources for the new North Dorchester High School is one of my eight second term priorities,” said Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry Wagner. “This is a project that is critically important to the people of the northern part of Dorchester County and we are very pleased that the county plans to begin the forward funding of construction of this new school.”
Other major projects include replacement patrol cars and bulletproof vests for the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, ambulance replacement for Dorchester County EMS, various
projects at the landfill and the highway department and removal of obstructions to the runway at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport.
“The capital budget continues its commitment from last year to an orderly program of replacement of public safety fleet vehicles,” said County Manager Jeremy Goldman.
The full proposed budget bill is available to the public at www.docogonet.com. No one from the public commented at Tuesday’s public hearing. A second public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the County Office Building. Council will vote on adoption of the budget on Tuesday, May 17 at their regular meeting.
Pictured is an artist’s rendition of a new North Dorchester High School, which would feature a two-story building.
An artist’s rendition for the new North Dorchester High School from Cloverdale Road is shown.