Hur­lock in­tro­duces four new or­di­nances

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

HUR­LOCK — The mayor and coun­cil of Hur­lock at its meet­ing Mon­day, Feb. 26, in­tro­duced four or­di­nances, one of which could en­cour­age own­ers of blighted prop­er­ties in town to fix them up.

Coun­cil President Charles Cephas in­tro­duced three of the four or­di­nances, in­clud­ing the one that would of­fer a dis­count on prop­erty taxes for own­ers of qual­i­fy­ing ren­o­vated prop­er­ties.

The or­di­nance says own­ers would re­ceive a 100 per­cent dis­count on the town’s prop­erty tax on the in­crease in as­sessed value the first year af­ter re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing an ex­ist­ing struc­ture; that dis­count would then de­crease an­nu­ally, to 20 per­cent in the fifth year, be­fore end­ing.

Cephas said it was based on a sim­i­lar or­di­nance passed by the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil.

In ad­di­tion, Cephas sug­gested look­ing into a prop­erty tax cut across the board dur­ing the up­com­ing Fis­cal Year 2019 bud­get talks.

Based on cal­cu­la­tions of how much of a loss in revenue could be ab­sorbed by the town’s op­er­at­ing bud­get, which was $4.7 mil­lion in the cur­rent fis­cal year, Cephas sug­gested a 2 per­cent cut.

“But any re­duc­tion would be his­toric,” Cephas said.

The other two or­di­nances Cephas in­tro­duced would ad­dress ath­letic equip­ment in pub­lic ways, and man­date train­ing for town of­fi­cials.

Coun­cilmem­ber Earl Mur­phy in­tro­duced the re­main­ing or­di­nance, which would re­quire grass clip­pings to be re­moved from side­walks and streets.

Also at the meet­ing, the coun­cil di­rected Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor John Avery to pur­chase a new sound sys­tem for the meet­ing room, from Sound Ad­vice Au­dio Spe­cial­ties in Sal­is­bury.

Avery said the com­pany re­cently in­stalled au­dio equip­ment for the county coun­cil’s meet­ing room, and was highly rec­om­mended.

Mur­phy asked Avery to look into video equip­ment, for peo­ple who might want to make a pre­sen­ta­tion to the coun­cil. Avery said he would email the in­for­ma­tion about the ad­di­tional cost to the coun­cil.

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