Town tax, utility rates remain the same
HANCOCK — Tax and utility rates will remain the same in Hancock for the coming fiscal year.
The Hancock Town Council unanimously approved the fiscal 2012 budget at about midnight Wednesday during a lengthy meeting.
The $1.729 million spending plan also included freezing salaries and benefits for a second year, Town Manager David Smith said.
Salaries and benefits will account for $527,872 of the general fund, of which about half pays the police department's three full-time and two part-time officers, he said previously.
The general fund, which includes salaries and benefits, utilities, public safety, public works and capital outlays, will increase by about $15,000 to $1,092,290.
However, the total operating budget, which also includes water, sewer and sanitation department, will decrease by approximately $30,000, Smith said previously.
Fiscal 2012 begins on July 1.
Council tempers flare over conference booth
HANCOCK — The town of Hancock will not have a booth at the upcoming Maryland Municipal League conference in Ocean City, Md.
The town council voted 3-1 Wednesday against having a booth after tempers flared at the monthly meeting, which ran into the early morning hours of Thursday.
The discussion grew tense when Councilman Nigel Dardar made accusatory comments about Mayor Daniel Murphy and council members, some of which was unrelated to the booth.
Dardar said Murphy runs a "kangaroo meeting" and accused one member of the council of not living in Hancock.
He said Councilman Sinclair Hamilton did not have a clue about the work Dardar put into preparing for the booth and called Hamilton impolite and rude.
Murphy said Dardar was not being a team player, adding that Hamilton asked Dardar for his cooperation on the booth but received none.
Hamilton said he did not want Dardar involved in the booth and that the best thing to protect the town's reputation was not to have a booth at the conference.
After lengthy and sometimes heated debate, Hamilton's motion to not have a booth passed with only Dardar voting no.