Caroline Entertains Income Tax Rate Increase

The Commissioners of Caroline County will entertain a possible income tax increase at their meeting on Tuesday, October 31 at 10 a.m.

The proposed increase from 2.73 percent to 3.2 percent would provide funding for two major projects: replacement of Greensboro Elementary School and construction of new building to house the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Caroline County Board of Education, Greensboro Elementary is overcrowded and overdue for renovation or replacement.  Based on preliminary engineering, building a new school on the existing site would be less expensive than renovating the existing structure.  The total cost of the Greensboro Elementary project is roughly $46 million.  The County expects its share to be around $18 million, with the remainder paid by the State.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office currently occupies space in the basement of the County Detention Center.  The cost of the Sheriff’s Office building is expected to be around $3.5 million.  This structure would be built on land owned by the County on Double Hills Road.  This project must be fully funded with local dollars.

The income tax rate must be set by November 1 for the following year.  Those interested in providing comment on the proposal are invited to attend the meeting.