Proposed budget maintains tax rate
CHURCH HILL — The property tax rate in the Town of Church has been unchanged for the past 33 years and it will remain unchanged again in Fiscal Year 2017, according to the town’s proposed spending program for the new year.
The town commissioners proposed their General Fund and Sewer Account budgets in Ordinance 159/16 introduced at their meeting on Monday, May 2.
The General Fund Budget calls for the property tax rate of 34 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to remain the same and for the utility tax rate of 85 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to remain the same.
All other town fees will also remain unchanged, including the sewer fee of $315 per equivalent dwelling unit, according to the proposed budgets.
The proposed General Fund Budget calls for total expenses of $361,815 and total income of $295,777. The difference will made up through surplus funds because the town has several projects it would like to undertake in the coming year, said Acting Town Administrator Ross Rhodes.
According to the budget ordinance, the Sewer Account Budget calls for total expenses of $129,307 and total income of $152,375.
Also provided for in the budgets is the continued annual collection of $60 per customer for the Bay Restoration Fund that goes toward the upgrading of sewer plants around the state. The town will collect $20,007 in Bay Restoration funds during Fiscal Year 2017, according to the budget.
There will be a public hearing on the two budgets on Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. as part of the commissioners’ regular meeting. The budget has also been posted on the town’s website at www.churchhillmd.com
Under state law, budgets for the coming fiscal year have to be approved no later than June 30.