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Boonsboro proposes bigger budget, but taxes stay the same

May 07, 2002|BY TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Boonsboro Town Council introduced its proposed $814,400 general fund budget for fiscal year 2003 at Monday night's meeting.

The budget is a $41,738 increase over the current year's $772,662 budget.

The Town Council is not proposing a tax increase next year. Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said the council has not raised taxes since 1945.

"We try to be good stewards of all the funds," Kauffman said.

The town, however, is raising its trash rates from $8 to $10 per quarter, to keep up with higher rates from haulers.

Trash is picked up in the town two days a week.

"It's still cheap for what you get," Town Manager Jake Jones said.

The town's two largest expenses are for improvements and equipment for the highway and streets fund, totaling $177,700, and the police and public safety fund, totaling $111,350.

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Included in the police and public safety fund is $54,000 to pay for two resident deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Department, $23,000 to replace a cruiser, and $12,000 each to the town's fire and ambulance services.

Boonsboro is one of four towns in the county with a resident deputy program. Williamsport also has two resident deputies and the towns of Sharpsburg and Keedysville share a deputy.

Boonsboro's budget also includes $50,000 to revitalize the downtown area. That amount includes a $25,000 state grant and $25,000 in matching funds from the town.

The town's proposed revenues for next year include $274,700 from property taxes and interest and $400,900 in state aid.

Jones said he expects the town to end up with a $71 surplus at the end of the next fiscal year.

The Town Council will take a final vote on the budget at its June meeting.

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