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Boonsboro tax increase is proposed

June 08, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - Nobody attended a Monday night public hearing held by the Boonsboro Town Council on its proposed fiscal 2005 budget, which includes the first tax rate increase in about 60 years, Town Manager John Kendall said.

The council is scheduled to vote on adoption of the $917,695 general fund budget Thursday night following a 6:30 public hearing on the budget at the town community center, Kendall said.

Under the proposed budget, the tax rate will be increased from 24 cents per $100 of assessed value to 27 cents per $100 of assessed value, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said Monday.

The tax increase is needed to provide money for the expansion of Shafer Park because the town is not getting as much money as it hoped from the state and federal governments, Kauffman said.

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The last tax increase was in 1944, Kauffman said.

The proposed budget also calls for increasing sanitation fees from $10 per quarter to $15 per quarter effective July 1.

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