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Laurel Budget Calls for Higher Taxes

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LAUREL, Md.- The Laurel Town Council on Monday night approved an annual budget that includes higher property taxes for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

In a unanimous vote, the council decided to raise property taxes by 4 percent in order to maintain the same level of incoming revenue. Town officials said that as property values decrease, this action was needed to maintain the same flow of money to the government.

The budget also raised fees for both wastewater and trash pickup by a total of $1.89 per month.

Council members said they were forced to make many sacrifices and cuts in order to prevent these rates from climbing even higher. To save money, they decided to leave the town manager position vacant. The council estimated that this position would have cost the town an extra $75,000- $100,000 per year.

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