HAGERSTOWN -- A property tax increase isn't included in the City of Hagerstown's proposed budget for fiscal year 2009-10, but utility rate increases are being considered, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Tuesday during a City Council work session.
Zimmerman said that although property taxes are expected to stay the same in the $161.5 million proposed budget, water and wastewater rates could increase.
Those increases could be 11.5 percent for water and 12.75 percent for wastewater, he said. If the rate increases are passed, they would take effect Oct. 1.
Zimmerman said the proposed water and wastewater increases are "preliminary assumptions" at this point.
Even though the city's property tax rate of 78.8 cents per $100 of assessment isn't projected to increase, homeowners could end up paying more in taxes because the value of their homes went up, City Finance Director Alfred Martin said after the work session.