The Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm in McCathran Hall.
The purpose of this hearing is to take public comment on proposed Ordinance No. 2019-05. This ordinance would adopt the Town Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, and levy an ad valorem tax on all assessable property within the Town of Washington Grove. Action on this ordinance would comply with State requirements to adopt the budget via an ordinance, and follow up presentation and voting on the budget at the Town Meeting. Copies of the proposed ordinance are available for inspection upon request to the Town of Washington Grove, P.O. Box 216, Washington Grove, MD 20880 or 301-926-2256.
Town Council Recommends FY 2020 Budget
Mayor John Compton presented a draft budget to the Council for their March 26, 2019 work session. Priorities include road resurfacing, development of a comprehensive plan for storm water remediation in the West Woods, continued implementation of the 2015 Forest Stewardship Plan, as well as funds to plant larger trees less susceptible to deer browsing.
The Town Council has recommended a budget and tax rate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.
Anticipated income and recommended expenditures for the coming year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) are shown on the attached Town budget summary. The Council recommends a slight decrease in the Town property tax rate from $0.262 to the constant yield tax rate $0.2603/$100 assessed valuation. The constant yield tax rate represents the real property tax rate for the next tax year that will generate the same amount of revenue as generated during the current tax year. The dwelling unit charge, which is tied to the cost of trash and recycling collection, is proposed to remain at $130 per dwelling per year. Copies of the budget detail will be available at Town Elections and at Town Meeting on May 11. The proposed budget may also be viewed on the Town website and hard copies are available at the Town Office.
Questions may be directed to Treasurer Mary Challstrom at 301-926-4498 or Mayor John Compton at 301-330-8264. Votes to adopt the proposed budget and tax rate will be taken by qualified voters assembled at the annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 11. See you there!