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Smithsburg budget near $925,000

May 05, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

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.

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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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