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Clear Spring property taxes, water and sewer rates rising

June 11, 2012|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Clear Spring residents face a 3-cent property tax increase and a 2 percent hike in their water and sewer rates as part of a 2012-13 fiscal year budget passed Monday night by the Clear Spring Town Council.

The town’s tax rate will increase from 25 cents to 28 cents per $100 of assessed value, Town Clerk Juanita K. Grimm said.

The 28-cent tax rate is a constant yield rate that will give the town the same amount of revenue it received during the current fiscal year, town officials said.

Tax revenue has declined in Clear Spring, which faces a total decline in revenues of $31,000, town officials said.

The budget totals $523,345, Grimm said.

Vice Mayor Steve Blickenstaff said the hikes in water and sewer rates are due to increased costs of maintaining the utility systems.

The town’s water and sewer bills will contain an increased fee for a Chesapeake Bay restoration fund. Town officials emphasized the increase is mandated by the state. The fee will increase from $30 to $60 a year or from $7.50 to $15 per quarter, town officials said.

For in-town customers, the total bill for water and sewer will go from $174.75 to $178.25 for the first 12,000 gallons of usage, Grimm said. For every 1,000 additional gallons, the cost will increase from $2.84 to $2.90.

For out-of-town customers, the total bill for water and sewer will go from $200.65 to $204.65 per 12,000 gallons of usage, according to Grimm.

For every 1,000 additional gallons, the cost for out-of-town customers will increase from $4.26 to $4.35.

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