Although nothing has been finalized, some clues began to emerge Tuesday as to how the Worcester County Commissioners intend to close the $22 million gap between revenues and expenditures.
As the commissioners began to evaluate the proposed FY16 budget line by line during their first work session devoted exclusively to that the issue, a clearer picture of their intent began to form.
Chiefly, it appears the county is working with a proposed 8-cent increase in the property tax rate, which will take it from the current rate of 77 cents per $100 of assessed value to 85 cents per $100. On a home assessed at $200,000 the tax hike will mean an extra $160 in taxes, bringing the total to $1,700 from $1,540.
Even with the increase, Worcester is still well behind Somerset and Wicomico’s 2015 respective rates of 91.5 cents and 95.2 cents per $100. The increase will edge Worcester ahead of Queen Anne’s county rates for 2015 of 84.7 cents, which translates to $6 on a $200,000 home.