Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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