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Martinsburg budget approved

March 26, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

Martinsburg budget approved

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg City Council decided not to raise property taxes while hashing out the 1998-99 budget, which was unanimously approved Wednesday night.

"At this point, the budget's sound and council doesn't feel it's in the best interest to raise taxes if it's not necessary," said City Manager Mark Baldwin.

The $10.9 million balanced budget - which is about $1.5 million less than the 1997-98 budget - will be sent to the state for approval.

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Baldwin said the current budget is higher than the proposed spending plan because of some purchases that had to be made during the past year.

"Nothing was cut out," Baldwin said. "We had some large expenses this year - $73,000 for a garbage truck, $98,000 for a street sweeper."

The 1998-99 budget includes:




* General fund: $6.6 million, with $2.3 million coming from business and occupational taxes. The second-largest revenue, $905,000, comes from property and state utility taxes, followed by a 2 percent excise tax with $625,000. The largest expenditure is $3.6 million for salaries, which includes $1.2 million for 35 police officers and $870,000 for firefighters.

* Water and sewer: $2.8 million, with $2.2 million of that from water and sewer fees. Salaries are the budget's highest expenditure at $665,000.

* Police levy: $1.1 million. About half of the levy budget is from property tax excess levies; the other is from the unencumbered balance. Almost $290,000 will be used for salaries of nine officers and a dispatcher, with some money budgeted for overtime, longevity and holiday pay.

* Parking: $365,000.

* Coal severance: $30,000.

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