Sudlersville approves $600,000 budget 2017
SULERSVILLE — The Sudlersville Town Commission approved its fiscal 2017 budget of about $600,000 by a 5-0 vote during its Wednesday, June 1, meeting. The general fund budget is $164,868, and the utility fund budget is $395,206.80. No one spoke at the public hearing on the budget prior to the vote.
Major town expenditures in the general fund budget include: $32,768 for general government; a little more than $30,000 for personnel; $10,000 for professional legal fees, audit and consultant fees for its website and engineer; $15,000 for utilities; $38,000 for streets and roadways work; $30,000 for sanitation; and $28,850 for library.
In November, Charlie’s Trash informed commissioners it had to suspend picking up trash and recycling for the town because the landfill it used was at capacity. In January, the commissioners voted unanimously to contract Chesapeake Waste Industries for the service. Chesapeake Waste Industries also provides garbage collection services for Centreville.
Of the $38,000 marked for streets and roadways, $18,000 is designated for street lights to pay the town’s monthly bill and $20,000 is designated for street repairs. The town has not decided which streets will receive improvements, Town Clerk and Treasurer Michelle Marshall said.
The bulk of the library expenditures, $23,600 worth, will be used for wages with the remaining dollars to be used for maintenance, repairs and utilities.
The town received about $152,000 in water operating charges and about $211,000 in sewer operating charges listed in the revenue section of the utility fund budget. A total of $110,000 will be spent on contract personnel for both water and sewer with an additional $33,000 for water and sewer lab testing. Other expenditures in the town’s utility fund budget include $19,000 for water and sewer chemicals, $28,000 for water and sewer utilities, about $4,000 in water and sewer insurance, and $6,650 for the water plant and sewer plant maintenance.
Expenditures of $80,000 for the sewer bond and $75,000 for the water bond were also listed.
A vote was also taken, 3-11, to approve the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Department to lower the amount of Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDU) it pays for at the old Sudlersville Middle School building used by the fire department. When the fire department took control of the school, which it partially rents out as well as uses for fire drills and exercises, the company requested the reduction. The town commission held the vote until the budget was about to be passed. Commission President Billy Faust abstained due to his involvement with the department, and Commissioner Ron Ford voted against the reduction.
To view the budget in its entirety, visit the Sudlersville Town Hall at 200 S. Church St.
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