Worcester Commissioners Approve Fiscal 2014 Budget, Including a School Safety Plan

As reported by The Daily Times,

The Worcester County Commissioners approved a $168.6 million operating budget for fiscal year 2013/2014 that begins July 1, including a new school safety plan that will go into effect this fall.The new budget reflects an increase of $2.7 million over the previous year’s budget due to an expected increase in revenues. It maintains the current real estate property tax rate of $.77 per $100 of assessed value.

In the new school safety plan, one full-time security officer will be present at Pocomoke and Stephen Decatur high schools. Eleven part-time security officers will patrol the elementary, middle and intermediate schools and the vocational high school.

After a few years of significant drops in property assessments, property tax revenues are projected to drop further in fiscal 2014 although the rate is staying the same.

Additional information on the county’s budget can be found on its website.

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