Smithsburg budget near $925,000

May 05, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's 2004-05 budget, passed as an emergency ordinance at Tuesday's Town Council meeting, will include revenues and expenditures just short of $925,000.

An increase in the amount of property taxes collected and a new fee for trash collection balanced escalating costs of trash disposal, planning services and personnel.

The Town Council voted 4-0 to adopt the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The budget increased from the current fiscal year's budget of $744,663 in revenues and expenditures because of substantial town growth, said Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers.


She said the budget had to be passed as an emergency ordinance before Tuesday's Smithsburg Town Council election because, by statute, it must be completed before a new administration is voted into office.

Because of the escalating price of waste collection and disposal, budgeted at $120,000 for the coming fiscal year, the town adopted an emergency ordinance establishing a trash collection fee Tuesday, Myers said. The ordinance, which the council approved unanimously, establishes a $10 fee per unit, per quarter, for the service and will go into effect July 1. The fee will generate $40,000.

"Trash collection expense is the biggest one item we have," Myers said.

Revenue line items include real property taxes, budgeted at $310,000, and highway taxes, at $89,300. Both are expected to increase by more than $20,000 over the current year's budget.

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