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Elkton public hearings planned for Monday

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — Elkton’s Town Council wants to hear what its citizens have to say about plans to spend more than $5.661 million in the upcoming fiscal year and tax and fee increases necessary to collect that much money.

Two public hearings are among four council meetings scheduled for Monday. The panel will take citizen comment on proposed increases to its water and sewer rates and meals and cigarette taxes at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Elkton Area Community Center, then will seek input on its fiscal year 2018 budget at 6:30 p.m.

Following those hearings, the panel will hold a special called meeting for a first reading on the budget proposal.

That string of meetings will follow a 5 p.m. council work session.

The council members would be expected to vote on the fees, tax rates and budget at their June 19 meeting.

The panel could approve the proposed tax and fee hikes in part or in full or reject them, but its members would have to cut the amount of revenue reduced from the budget before approving it.

The proposed budget represents a $285,000, or 5.3 percent, increase over the $5.376 million budget Town Council approved a year ago.

The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Wayne Printz, Elkton’s mayor and acting town manager, used the terms “conservative” and “responsible” in describing the spending plan Tuesday.

“We were not extravagant on anything,” he said. “We took care of responsibilities.”
Street, EACC Repairs

Elkton’s government collects and spends money on general government services, its electric utility, its water and sewer operations, and the Elk Run Cemetery.

To raise the money needed for operations, Town Council is considering increasing water and sewer rates by 2.5 percent, the meals-tax rate by 1 percent, and the cigarette tax by 10 cents. No hikes are proposed for real estate or personal property taxes.

The panel has said the water and sewer rate revisions amount to a “cost-of-living” increase. Printz said council members decided four or five years ago to

The additional revenue would be used to pay a variety of bills, with several big-ticket expenses related to infrastructure or facility work.

During initial discussions held with the full council on May 22, Printz said the draft budget included $145,000 for street paving, $102,000 for loan payments for work on the town’s wastewater treatment plant and $100,000 to repair the air conditioning system at the EACC.

The spending plan also includes a 5 percent raise for employees and council members.

“We must give our employees some type of raise,” Printz said. “They sacrificed last year because of some circumstances.”



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