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Budget OK'd

August 03, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Sharpsburg's creditors and employees can finally get paid for work since July 1.

Town Council members voted 5-0 on Monday night to approve a budget for the fiscal year that started 33 days earlier.

Town officials went over a few highlights of the budget for the approximately 17 people in the audience before taking a quick vote and moving on to other matters.

The $166,470 budget includes the annual $18,000 subsidy to Washington County water and sewer customers in town to help them pay rates that increased dramatically several years ago.

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The budget also includes $34,000 - a $10,400 increase - for waste collection and disposal costs; a $400 increase in cable television franchise fees; and $9,000 less budgeted for highway tax revenue from the state.

Before the meeting began, Mayor Hal Spielman said that once the budget was approved he would stamp the bills for approval so the town treasurer could pick them up to pay them.

Spielman said creditors have been cooperative and no liens were filed.

Spielman and Town Treasurer Tom McCall had difficulty getting together in June to prepare the budget because they had vacations that month, Spielman has said.

The vote to introduce the budget also was delayed because a quorum of council members was not present at the regular monthly meeting of the mayor and council on July 12. A special meeting was held July 22 to vote to introduce the budget.

Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond and council members Patti Hammond, Jeffery Saylor, Marjorie Jamison and J.W. Eichelberger voted Monday night to approve the budget.

Councilman Russ Weaver was absent.

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