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Boonsboro passes $1.4 million general fund budget

June 07, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. is shown with Gov. Martin O'Malley in this file photo. The Boonsboro Town Council approved a $1.4 million general fund budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
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BOONSBORO — Frustrations rose at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night as council members approved a $1.4 million general fund budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Town Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel said the council had not received a presentation about the basics of the budget, which is about 2 percent higher than the current one.

Councilman Kevin Chambers said council members discussed the budget during two workshops.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said there are copies of the budget available for anyone who wants to read them.

Wetzel said council members have some time to discuss the budget before it is finalized.

"Oh Lord," Kauffman said during the meeting.

Kauffman then left the meeting momentarily while Town Manager Debra Smith read over some highlights of the budget.

"I'm going out back and having a cigarette," Kauffman said.

Kauffman returned to the meeting and council members approved the budget after Smith's review.

There was a public hearing on the budget at 6:30 p.m., but no one spoke about the plan, Kauffman said.

The budget includes up to a 4 percent, across-the-board pay increase for town employees, Smith said.

 Also, $30,000 is set aside to make improvements to town hall, she said.

 Paint is peeling off the brick building, and town officials are proposing sandblasting the remaining paint off the building and repointing the brick, Smith said.

The budget also includes money to purchase two new vehicles, one each for the police department and public works department, she said.

Smith said $30,000 has been budgeted for a new, fully equipped police vehicle.

She said $38,000 has been budgeted for a public works truck. Half of the money would come from the general budget and the other half would come from the town's water budget, Smith said.

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