Boonsboro council approves budgets, tax rates for upcoming fiscal year – Herald-Mail Media

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro Town Council voted unanimously Monday to approve its various budgets and tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting was streamed online. The mayor, council members and others met in person at the Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Building adjacent to Town Hall while observing social distancing practices.

The budget and tax rates were introduced May 26 and have been published in The Herald-Mail twice, along with being available online.

The real property-tax rate will stay the same for fiscal year 2021 at 35.91 cents per $100 of assessed property. The personal property-tax rate is 87 cents per $100 of assessed property.

Boonsboro’s general-fund budget is balanced at $1.8 million for fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1. This is down from fiscal year 2020, which had a balanced budget of nearly $2.1 million.

The fiscal 2021 general-fund budget consists of revenue from property taxes, income and other taxes, licenses, permits and trash-collection fees.

Water and sewer funds are also balanced at $876,660 and $1.78 million, respectively.

The largest general-fund expenditures include:

• $509,800 for public works

• $602,356 for the police department and public safety

• $20,000 for capital improvements

• $100,925 for debt service

• $220,000 for sanitation

During a budget hearing before the council’s regular meeting, resident Joseph Swope Jr. said he had concerns about the fiscal year 2021 real estate and personal property tax rates, employees taking home work vehicles and other issues.

Council Treasurer Marilee Kerns also went over a budget presentation during the public hearing.

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