Sharpsburg approves budget

June 12, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Town Council on Monday night unanimously approved a $189,970 fiscal 2000-01 budget that includes a credit for water and sewer customers.

This year's deficit is expected to be $24,207, while a $34,207 deficit is estimated for fiscal 2001-02.

The budget includes the $18,000 water and sewer subsidy, which the town started five years ago to help cushion the blow of increasing water and sewer costs in Washington County.

The budget also allots $8,000 for the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., $5,000 of which would be for a new building if the fire department decides to move forward with that project.

The Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services Inc. receives $3,000, an amount council members said they would consider increasing if ambulance officials come forward with a request.


The budget designates $4,500 for contractual police services.

Large expenditures include $40,000 for highways and streets, and $30,000 for improvements to town parks.

The parks money may not be used this year, but is included in the budget in case the town decides to upgrade or add structures, Councilwoman Denise Troxell said.

"A lot of our deficit is in the parks," Mayor George Kesler said. "Sometimes it's never spent."

The Council on May 8 discussed rewarding town residents with a financial break in fiscal 2001-2002 because the town is in good financial shape with a $261,000 reserve fund to cover deficits.

Several Council members didn't want to reduce the property tax rate, which is 44 cents per $100 of assessed value, but were leaning toward doubling the water and sewer subsidy.

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