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Taneytown’s proposed budget for FY21 a decrease from prior year; no rate or tax increases expected

Taneytown's CIty Office building still has plywood covering damage done when the building was intentionally rammed by a motorist in September. The city placed concrete bollards on the sidewalk in front of the building after the crash.
Taneytown's CIty Office building still has plywood covering damage done when the building was intentionally rammed by a motorist in September. The city placed concrete bollards on the sidewalk in front of the building after the crash. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Taneytown’s mayor and city council have begun to assess the fiscal year 2021 proposed budget, which is lower overall than the current fiscal year budget.

According to Barri Avallone, the city’s treasurer, the town does not anticipate changes in real property tax rates, personal tax rates, or water and sewer rates for FY21.

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Taneytown Mayor Bradley Wantz first saw the budget draft Feb. 14 before it was presented to the council for review and questions at a budget workshop Feb. 17. The budget ordinance will be introduced at the city’s March 9 council meeting.

The budget draft totals about $12.6 million, with just above $6.3 million for the general fund and just below $6.3 million for the utility fund.

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That’s down from $7,060,629 for the utility fund in fiscal year 2020 and about the same level for the general fund, at almost $6.3 million in FY20.

The general fund for FY21 includes more than $1 million for streets; more than $1.7 million for public safety, which includes a new police car; about $260,000 for parks and recreation; 128,736 for economic development; and $89,851 for the mayor and Town Council. The general fund is balanced at $6,386,201 for expenditures and revenue for FY21.

At the budget workshop, Taneytown Councilman Joe Vigliotti asked the council, on behalf of the city police department, if they could fund an additional $30,000 to add another officer to the force. Ultimately, Wantz thought it would be better for the city to revisit the question in a year, for FY22.

According to the city’s website, Taneytown Police Department has 14 officers serving 7,200 citizens and receives approximately 700 to 800 calls for service a month.

The utility fund is balanced at $6,299,968 for expenditures and revenue, coming in at $760,661 less than FY20.

The main priorities for the FY21 budget, according to Wantz, were renewed dedication in parks and recreation, a new employee for public works and a 3% raise for all town employees, not including the mayor and council.

The overall biggest priority in the budget, according to Wantz, is to “make the wisest decisions that we can.”

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