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Clear Spring budget includes increase in real estate taxes

May 11, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

CLEAR SPRING -- Clear Spring residents will notice an increase to their real estate taxes, and water and sewer rates when the town's budget for fiscal year 2010-11 takes effect July 1.

During its meeting Monday, the Clear Spring Town Council voted unanimously to approve the $533,848 budget, which is $8,018 more than the existing $525,830 budget.

No one attended a public hearing at Town Hall before the vote was taken.

Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said the increases are needed to help pay for reductions in financial aid from the county and state governments. The town, for example, will lose $30,000 in the next fiscal year from state highway user revenues.

"We need to cover our expenditures," Hose said.

Real estate taxes will increase from 19 cents to 25 cents for every $100 of a home's assessed value, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

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Water rates will increase from $48.12 to $50.53 per quarter for in-town customers, and from $72.30 to $75.92 per quarter for out-of-town customers, Grimm said. Sewer rates will increase from $109.78 to $120.75 per quarter for all customers.

Grimm said the water and sewer increases will be applied to the first 12,000 gallons of usage.

The budget also sets aside donations of $1,500 to Clear Spring Ambulance and the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., and $1,000 for college scholarships.

The budget does not include pay raises for the mayor and Town Council.

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