Clear Spring briefs - April 11

April 11, 2011

Town hopes to get more highway-user revenue

CLEAR SPRING — More highway-user revenue should find its way to Clear Spring in fiscal year 2012.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said Monday that the town expects to receive $6,868 from the state-shared highway- user revenue for next fiscal year.

Grimm said she was informed of the proposed increase through an email from Maryland Municipal League (MML) Executive Director Scott Hancock.

In Hancock’s email, he said the Maryland House and Senate responded to the urgings of the MML and cities and towns to return all or a portion of the money it diverted in recent years to help balance the state’s general fund budget.

Hancock wrote that the additional money would go to the municipalities if the budget bill and budget reconciliation bill receive Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature.

Grimm said in the current fiscal year, Clear Spring only received a little more than $1,000 in highway-user revenue.  

Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said previously that the town lost about $30,000 in highway-user revenue when the state cut funding.

Discount to apply to those who pay property taxes in full

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring Town Council said Monday that it will only provide a property tax discount to residents who pay in full in July.

The town has historically offered a 5 percent discount to residents who pay their tax bills early, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

However, some residents pay only a portion of their bill early, to take advantage of the discount, and pay the rest later, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said.

“I think if you receive the discount, you should pay the full amount of the tax bill,” Hose said.

The council voted unanimously Monday to stipulate that in order to get the 5 percent discount, residents need to pay their property taxes in full in July.

Town clerk to present Clear Spring budget in May

CLEAR SPRING — Town Clerk Juanita Grimm will present Clear Spring’s proposed fiscal year 2012 budget at the council meeting in May.

Grimm said Monday that she is accepting funding requests through April 29 for the budget.

Clear Spring’s fiscal year 2011 budget was $533,848, an increase of $8,018 from its fiscal year 2010 budget of $525,830, The Herald-Mail reported at the time.

The increase was needed to help pay for reductions in financial aid from the county and state governments, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said previously.

To recoup losses, the town increased taxes for fiscal year 2011 from 19 cents to 25 cents for every $100 of a home’s assessed value, Grimm said previously.

Water rates increased 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, she said previously.

Sewer rates increased from $109.78 to $120.75 per quarter for all customers, she said previously.

Grimm said Monday she has not estimated revenue or expenses for the coming fiscal year.

New trash contractor will save town money

CLEAR SPRING — Clear Spring’s new trash contractor will continue to haul garbage from the town wastewater treatment plant and also save the town more money.

The town council voted unanimously Monday to pay Apple Valley Waste of Kearneysville, W.Va., $80 per month to empty the 2-yard trash bin at the sewer plant.

Apple Valley Waste will empty the bin every week, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said.

Clear Spring’s current contractor, Allied Waste, empties the bin every other week and has charged the town on average $86.55 per month to haul waste from the plant, he said.

With little discussion, the council agreed to the proposal from Apple Valley Waste.  

—Kate S. Alexander

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