Dorchester County’s proposed FY 17 budget includes flat tax rates, and targeted investment toward public safety priorities and funding for a long-awaited new high school building.
The budget totals $67,333,790, which is down $6.3 million from the adopted budget in FY16.
The council proposes the same real property tax rate of $0.976 per $100 of assessed property value in FY17 as in FY16 for outside of Cambridge and Hurlock.
The capital budget for FY17 totals $8,071,358 and includes several big ticket projects. Dorchester County Board of Education would receive $3,021,435 for planning and design of the replacement North Dorchester High School project. They are expected to break ground on the new school this summer.
Other major projects include replacement patrol cars and bulletproof vests for the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, ambulance replacement for Dorchester County EMS, various projects at the landfill and the highway department and removal of obstructions to the runway at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport.