Funkstown budget has new backhoe

July 01, 1997


Staff Writer

A new backhoe and bucket, several maintenance projects and three salary raises account for the biggest item increases in the Town of Funkstown's budgets for 1997-98.

The $169,800 general fund budget - approved by the Funkstown mayor and Council on June 9 - is $3,710 more than last year's budget.

It was built on the expectation of $8,361 more revenue than last year, Mayor Robert L. Kline said.

That was based on county and state projections of increases in real and personal property tax revenue and the county rebate, an 85 cents per month raise in the cable television fee and an expected increase in sales of town building replicas and donations, Kline said.


The town's property tax rate was kept at 55 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The backhoe and bucket - budgeted at $4,600 - is a wise investment that will end up saving the town money in the long run, Kline said.

"We've never had our own," he said.

Kline said the new equipment will enable town employees to do jobs like repairing minor water line breaks that would have had to be contracted out.

Repairs to the town hall, garage and park account for $5,900 of the budget.

Work at the historic town hall is strictly preventive maintenance, Kline said.

The garage, used for storage, needs a new roof and a paint job, he said.

Town money will match grant money awarded for park improvements, including extending the dugouts and widening the steps at the American Legion baseball field and putting in dugouts at the Little League field, he said.

The town clerk, town secretary and maintenance supervisor received $1.06 per-hour raises, Kline said.

"They deserve it," he said. "They're very efficient."

Kline's own "executive travel budget" went up from $420 a year to $900 a year.

The first increase since he became mayor, it doesn't come close to covering the true cost of town-related travel, he said.

Kline said he looks at the shortfall as a donation to the town.

"Because I love the town," he said. "I've been here all my life."

Town officials also approved a $113,935 water fund budget, $225 lower than last year's budget, and a $83,570 sewer fund budget, representing a $1,770 drop from last year.

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