Clear Spring approves 1998-99 budget

June 03, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - No increases in sewer or water fees or property taxes are in Clear Spring's 1998-99 town budget, which was approved Tuesday night.

With little discussion, the $457,094 budget also gives town residents at least another year of free weekly trash removal courtesy of the town.

The water rates will remain at $18 a quarter for in-town customers and $27 a quarter for those on the system who live outside town limits.

Sewer charges are $85 a quarter for all users, no matter where they live.

New hook-ups to water and sewer will remain at $3,300 each, or $6,600 for the necessary package to a new home or business.


The property tax rate for Clear Spring residents remains at 50 cents per $100 of assessed value. There has been no change in the property tax rate for many years, according to Town Clerk Nancy Keefer.

The annual property tax bills will be mailed out in July.

"Any resident who pays during July gets a 10 percent discount," said Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz. The discount is 5 percent during August.

Clear Spring will receive $95,100 in local taxes, highway funds, interest income, state and county taxes for the coming budget year.

Water system user fees, leases on mountain ground, expected service connection fees, rent on the reservoir property, certificate of deposit transfers, and interest income will bring in $144,254.

Sewer system user fees, interest income, bulk sales, expected connection fees and certificate of deposit transfers are expected to account for $217,740.

Some of the highlights of the expenses projected for 1998-99 budget year include:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Garbage collection to the town for the upcoming budget year, $17,033.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Installation of water meters in the town, estimated at $65,000.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Snow removal budget, $7,000.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Police protection, $2,000 for periodic patrols by Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Sludge removal, $20,000.

Copies of the breakdown of revenue and expenses contained in the new budget are available at Town Hall.

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