Charles County Commissioners Approve Fiscal 2013 Budget

Charles County Commissioners adopted a fiscal 2013 budget earlier this week totaling $325 million, a 5.7% increase over fiscal 2012. As reported by

The board’s decision to include raises for Charles County sheriff’s deputies, public school teachers and county government employees in the fiscal 2013 general fund budget was a major factor for an increase of $17.4 million, to $325.1 million, over last year’s budget.

To close a resulting budget deficit of $10.3 million for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, the commissioners raised the property tax rate by 5.45 cents, an increase of 5.1 percent. The new rate is $1.1210 per $100 of assessed value. Each 1-cent property tax increase raises the taxes paid by the owner of a home worth $200,000 by about $25 a year, according to county government projections.

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