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Friday, May 15, 2015

County Keeps Municipality Funding Flat In New Budget; Resort’s Tax Differential Formula Denied For Now

SNOW HILL – Despite Ocean City’s campaign for funding to address tax differential, Worcester County officials voted 4-3 this week to fund the municipality at the same level it was funded last year.

During a budget work session Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners made a decision to keep funding to all of the municipalities flat in the coming fiscal year. Instead of the $5 million grant Ocean City was seeking, the resort will receive $3,084,956.

“I don’t think you should flat-fund anybody unless you’re going to flat fund everybody,” Commissioner Ted Elder said.

A committee of county staff proposed funding Ocean City with an additional $200,000 in FY 2016, which would have brought the total grant to $3,284,956.

“It was just put out here for conversation,” said Harold Higgins, the county’s chief administrative officer.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Funny how I recently had a conversation with Commission President Jim Bunting and he said the commissioners were going to race more taxes and some people were going to get a rude awakening!!

If you was a county employee I would be all over Jim Bunting and those commissioners. Their plan is to balance their budget on the backs of their employees. Fair warning!