Pro­posed bud­get main­tains tax rate

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM

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.

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