Hancock Town Council briefs

May 15, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Town's budget balanced without need of tax hike

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council's proposed operating budget for the 2003-04 fiscal year is balanced without raising property taxes, the Town Council said at Wednesday night's meeting.

The Town Council discussed the first reading of the budget at the meeting.

The $677,278 budget is $182,912 less than the current year's budget of $890,190.

The reduction comes because the town no longer includes grants in the operating budget.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the town hasn't increased tax rates in about 10 years.

"We don't know how long we can do that, but this year it certainly worked out," Murphy said.

The proposed budget includes $311,500 in revenue from property taxes and interest.

The town's largest expenditure is salaries and benefits at $401,923.

Town Manager Larry Logan said the proposed budget does not include salary increases.

"This is a very tight budget," Logan said.


He said it's possible the town would make budget cuts if it were to have any unexpected expenses during the next fiscal year.

FEMA to help town pay for snowstorm

HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager Larry Logan said at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting that Hancock will receive $3,000 to $3,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

He said the money is a reimbursement for the costs associated with a snowstorm in February.

The storm dropped about 2 feet of snow throughout Washington County.

Hancock police made 11 arrests in April

HANCOCK - The Hancock Police Department had 99 calls for service in April, Chief Donald Gossage said at Wednesday night's Town Council meeting.

The town also had six criminal offenses consisting of one burglary, two assaults and three thefts.

Gossage said police wrote 47 traffic citations and issued 169 parking tickets.

Police arrested five adults and six juveniles, he said.

16 parking meters stolen from canal parking lot

HANCOCK - Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage said Wednesday night that 16 parking meters recently were stolen from the area of the town's canal parking lot.

Surveillance cameras caught one of the thefts on tape, he said.

The person or people responsible for the thefts also took the poles the meters were on, resulting in a little more than $4,000 in property loss.

He said the meters were busted in order to get to the change box inside.

Less than $10 was taken from the 16 meters.

Youth Center is being reorganized

HANCOCK - The Hancock Youth Center will be closed at least until school lets out, Town Councilman Greg Yost said at Wednesday night's meeting.

Yost said the center's chairman, Roger Yutzy, resigned from the post.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the center was going through a reorganization.

Yost said repairs need to be done at the center and that center officials would like to plan orientation meetings for parents to discuss the center's rules.

Yost and Murphy said the center also is looking for volunteers to help out at the facility.

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