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Boonsboro council approves budget

June 02, 2009|By ERIN CUNNIGHAM

The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to approve a fiscal year 2010 general fund budget of $1,655,275 - nearly $66,000 less than in 2009.

The vote was unanimous.

Town Manager Debra Smith credited the decrease in the town's general fund budget to the country's economic recession.

She said the town eliminated all capital projects and cut funding for planning and zoning because there is no new building planned in town.

Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel questioned whether there was anything in the budget that would allow for a curbside recycling service in town.

Funds for sanitation did increase from $70,500 in the last fiscal year to $71,500 in fiscal year 2010, according to the town's general fund operating budget approved Monday.

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However, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr., said the town's sanitation fees only cover costs associated with trash pick-up.

Town officials plan to consider bids for curbside recycling in town.

"If there's nothing in the budget or contemplated in the budget it doesn't sound like we're serious about it," Wetzel said.

"At this time we're just concerned with covering our expenses for twice a week trash pick up," Kauffman said.

The town council also voted unanimously Monday to approve is fiscal year 2010 water fund operating budget ($360,000) and its fiscal year 2010 sewer fund operating budget ($534,351).

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