On Tuesday the Caroline County Commissioners approved a $41.6 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Star Democrat reports:
The FY2012 budget actually is higher than the current year’s budget by $141,389, but the commissioners were faced with cutting about $800,000 from departmental funding requests to balance the budget. To help offset the cuts, county officials made two changes to the solid waste program.
Those changes involved creating a $100 annual permit fee for the public use of the previously free trash collection sites and reducing a tax break for municipal residents with town trash pick-up. Town residents were getting 6 cents shaved off their county property tax rate for trash pick-up, but will now receive only a 1-cent break.
Other than the change in the municipal tax break, known as the tax differential, there will be no increase to the overall county property tax rate of 87 cents for every $100 of assessed property value.
Commission President Jeff Ghrist said the commissioners are stewards of taxpayer money, making the budget’s approval one of their most significant duties. Ghrist said Caroline is very fortunate to be in such good financial standing and commended the county budget team for its efforts.