The Caroline County Commissioners voted this week to raise their income tax rate by nearly half a percent, to the highest possible rate of 3.2 percent. The move is expected to provide an additional $2 million for public services.
The extra revenue will help the county build a new elementary school and sheriff’s department.
The rate may make the county eligible for state disparity grants, which are provided to certain counties with higher income tax rates but low revenue generation per person.
“We had to do this,” said Commissioner Daniel Franklin.
He says they explored all options.
“We are basically out of revenue sources,” Franklin said.