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Council OKs fiscal 2003 budget

June 05, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

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

The action came after a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke.

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

The budget includes an increase in 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.

The budget, which was introduced at last month's meeting, does not include a tax rate increase.

Fiscal year 2003 starts July 1.

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 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.

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