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Higher Taxes Means More Police in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. - The city of Salisbury is raising property taxes to help pay for 15 new hires for the city police department.

The city council voted Tuesday night to raise the property tax rate from $8.84 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $9.37 per $1,000.  The increase is about $80 a year for homeowners who own homes valued at $150,000.

The new revenue will allow the city to hire 10 new police officers for the police department.  And another five civilian positions that will be added will allow five current officers to go out on patrol.  A total of 15 more officers will be out on the streets with this property tax increase.

Bette Truitt is a homeowner and has called Salisbury home for her whole life and Truitt said despite the need for more people, she just cannot get behind another property tax increase.

"Because it seems to me that they were raised a little last year and they've been going up, of course,  in the 50 years I have lived in this house.  My goodness, they've gone up quite a bit," said Truitt.

On the other hand, David Wade of Salisbury believes whatever it takes to keep the streets safe.

"If that's what the city council thinks they need to do, I'm in favor of it.  I think the police officers are needed and an integrated part of our city and I appreciate the good work they do," Wade said.

The new Salisbury budget and property tax hike will take effect on July 1st.
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