Sudlersville ap­proves $600,000 bud­get 2017

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­

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.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

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