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County hoping to avoid tax hikes

March 13th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County officials say proposed education reforms at the state level are the major factor that needs to be sorted out before a budget can be finalized for the upcoming fiscal year.  The proposed Kirwan Commission recommendations could result in an increase of more than $600,000 annually to the county budget if the reforms pass the Maryland General Assembly. The Kirwan question, combined withfeeling the impacts of losing the Luke Mill and built in cost of living adjustments for employees have placed the county in a tight budget situation. On Thursday the county conducted the first of two budget hearing days with various departments and agencies making their request for the upcoming year. Among those requests received were from Allegany College of Maryland; the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad; Social Services and the Library system. Commissioners President Jake Shade said that the hope is that the county won’t have to consider a tax increase.

3 Responses to “County hoping to avoid tax hikes”

  1. March 13, 2020 at 7:24 am, Welchy said:

    At least the county never raises taxes….unlike pretty much every other government around. Even with declining enrollment the BOE just demands more


  2. March 13, 2020 at 12:10 pm, Bob said:

    Furlough the BOE staff during the school closure and balance things nicely.


  3. March 14, 2020 at 9:31 am, Ken said:

    Right! Why would we ever want to have excellent education here? We need to have a steady supply of poor people we can complain about, right?


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