Delmar Joint Council votes to raise taxes to build reserves

By Mike McClure

After some discussion during Monday night's Delmar Joint Council meeting, the Delmar Council (Delaware) decided to raise the town's tax rate by two cents to help increase its reserve fund. The FY' 14 Utility Commission budget also includes an increase in water and sewer rates.

Town Manager Sara Bynum-King presented the Delmar Council with a balanced budget with no tax increases. Town Councilman Alan Littleton said he did not support an increase in taxes to pay for another police officer. Littleton later left the meeting as the Council discussed raising taxes on the Delaware side.

The Council voted, 4-0, to increase taxes by two cents per $100 of assessed value.

Mayor Michael Houlihan said the increase would help fund the town's reserve for future growth.

The Utility Commission's budget calls for a 50 cent increase in water (from $3.50 to $4) and sewer ($5 to $5.50) rates for residential users. The front footage assessment will also be raised to $33, which is what it was five years ago. Commercial rates, out of town sewer users, and non-metered users will also see significant rate increases.

See next week's Laurel Star for more from Monday's Delmar Joint Council meeting.

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