25 YEARS AGO
New fees and higher property tax rates will be needed to balance [Centreville’s] budget for the coming fiscal year, Town Manager Ronald Chandler told members of the town council last Wednesday night.
In order to make up for decreased revenues, Chandler proposed that the town raise its property tax rate from 68 cents to 75 cents per $100 assessed value. He estimated that the seven cent rise would bring in an extra $18,000 next year.
In order to meet the cost of the new “tipping fees” at the Mid-Shore Regional Landfill in Easton, Chandler proposed that the town charge and additional $40 per household for trash collection.
• • • The first of May was the last day Centreville’s 83-yearold jail stood on Liberty Street.
An excavator’s shovel chewed up mortar and knocked down walls while traffic slowed and residents crowded the destruction site to take one last look at the building that had become part of the town’s history.
“It’s a shame the town is not going to save one of its inherited resources,” one resident said, lamenting the destruction of the jail.
Although [County Housing Inspector James] Lomax commented that the jail was a well-built construction and noted the thickness of the walls, he said that it would cost much more than residents realize to renovate the building.
••• After hearing no response from the governor or the transportation secretary, Del. C. Ronald Franks, R-Queen Anne’s, is now asking Maryland’s attorney general if it is legal for the state to close the Kent Narrows drawbridge to motorists and pedestrians.
Franks’ request comes nearly two months after the transportation secretary announced that the state can no longer “justify” funding the maintenance and operation costs for the drawbridge, and will close it to motorists unless the county covers the costs.
Previously, it had been agreed that the state would continue funding the drawbridge even though the newly built Kent Narrows Bridge would link Route 50, and the old bridge would only serve local traffic along Route 18.