Clear Spring budget calls for water, sewer rate increases

June 13, 2011

Clear Spring residents will not pay more town taxes in the coming fiscal year, but water and sewer rates will continue to increase.

The town council unanimously voted Monday to approve its fiscal year 2012 budget.

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

The $554,852 total spending plan holds personal property taxes at the current rate of 50 cents for every $100 of assessed value, according to town documents.

Water and sewer rates will increase by 2 percent, the documents said.

Per-quarter water rates will increase from $50.53 to $51.58 for in-town customers and from $75.92 to $77.48 for out-of-town customers.

Sewer rates will increase from $120.75 to $123.17 per quarter for all customers.

Water and sewer rates apply to the first 12,000 gallons consumed. The town also increased water and sewer rates for the current fiscal year.

The FY 2012 budget included an increase in state highway-user revenue from the current year, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

Clear Spring budgeted to receive $6,868 in highway-user money for fiscal year 2012, she said.

In fiscal year 2011, Clear Spring received a little more than $1,000 of highway-user revenue, she said.

— Kate S. Alexander

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