Berlin Town Council Approves FY 2020 Budget with Property Tax, F - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Berlin Town Council Approves FY 2020 Budget With Property Tax, Fee Increases

Posted: Updated:

BERLIN, Md. - After months of discussion and debate, the Berlin Town Council approved the town's budget for FY 2020, which includes property tax and fee increases.

The town council voted 4-1 to approve the $15.2 million budget.

The approved budget includes an 18 percent property tax increase. Town leaders originally floated a 34 percent increase. Mayor Gee Williams said the town was able to cut expenses to get that number down.

Council members also voted to raise water rates by 5 percent and sewer rates by 25 percent.

Williams said greater than anticipated expenses in recent years have forced the town to use reserves to pay for sewer operations and capital projects.

"The new budget will help us to build back our reserves. We certainly have reserves, but we need to build them back to take care of major emergencies," said Williams.

Williams said the town's revenue from property taxes will return to the same level as it was in 2009.

"One thing I'd like to point out is even with this property tax increase, most people will be paying the same amount of taxes they paid 10 years ago," said Williams.

Frustrated neighbors like Marie Velong are still left with questions.

"Why did it take so long for them to figure out this was a bad spending plan? Five years is a long time to be borrowing and not planning on raising taxes," said Velong.

The property tax and fee increases will go into effect July 1, 2019.

  • Maryland NewsMaryland NewsMore>>

  • Huge Crowd Has Their Say Over Wind Farms off Maryland and Delaware

    Huge Crowd Has Their Say Over Wind Farms off Maryland and Delaware

    Saturday, January 18 2020 6:33 PM EST2020-01-18 23:33:24 GMT
    Saturday, January 18 2020 6:34 PM EST2020-01-18 23:34:51 GMT
    A standing room only crowd descended in Ocean City to hear and be heard on the issue of wind power off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware.  The Ocean City Fire Department estimates there were 1,850 people in attendance.More
    A standing room only crowd descended in Ocean City to hear and be heard on the issue of wind power off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware.  The Ocean City Fire Department estimates there were 1,850 people in attendance.More
  • Wind Turbines Get Fresh Look

    Wind Turbines Get Fresh Look

    Friday, January 17 2020 7:50 PM EST2020-01-18 00:50:12 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2020 7:50 PM EST2020-01-18 00:50:12 GMT
    The controversial proposal to put wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City will be heard before the Maryland Public Service Commission Saturday.More
    The controversial proposal to put wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City will be heard before the Maryland Public Service Commission Saturday. More
  • Former Greensboro Police Chief Sentenced for Malfeasance in Office

    Former Greensboro Police Chief Sentenced for Malfeasance in Office

    Friday, January 17 2020 3:11 PM EST2020-01-17 20:11:08 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2020 5:30 PM EST2020-01-17 22:30:22 GMT

    The former police chief of a Caroline County, Md. town where a black teenager died in custody has been sentenced in an unrelated case.

    More

    The former police chief of a Caroline County, Md. town where a black teenager died in custody has been sentenced in an unrelated case.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2020 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices