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City council adopts budget

May 25, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Council members Tuesday formally adopted the city budget for the 2000 fiscal year and approved the fee and tax rate changes that accompany the $65 million spending plan.

Council members voted 5-0 to increase the trash collection fee by $32 a year, raise water and sewer rates by 3.5 percent each and to adopt the overall spending plan for the 2000 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

A law to lower the city's property tax rate from $1.74 per $100 of assessed value to $1.73 per $100 of assessed value passed 4-1 with Councilman J. Wallace McClure opposed.

The budget vote virtually guarantees that Norma Parks, part-time market master at the City Farmers Market, will lose her job. Seven full-time positions also were cut.

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The increased trash collection fee of $82 a year will be effective July 1, pending final approval of the increase. Council members are to vote again on the matter on June 1, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said.

City water and sewer customers will see each charge increase by 3.5 percent beginning Oct. 1, pending final approval of the sewer rate change. The council is to vote again on the sewer rate on June 22, Zimmerman said.

The $65 million spending plan is about $200,000 higher than the original proposed budget.

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