Preliminary work on the town's fiscal 1992 budget has begun, as the project administrator and town staff try to assess the impact of state, federal and county budget cuts.

While no numbers have been released, the town's budget is expected to total close to $900,000 for the year beginning July 1.

It is not known if the town will change its tax rate of 42 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, one of the lowest in the Baltimore metropolitan region. For the current budget year, the tax rate was lowered from 46 cents per $100.

Also during tonight's regular Town Council meeting, a new water meter reading ordinance is expected to be introduced. The ordinance would allow the town to read inside water meters in those homes with both outside and inside devices. Often, according to David Warner, the project administrator, the readings on inside and outside meters can differ by as much as 5 percent.

In addition, the council is expected to learn that a resident has expressed interest in one of the two open seats on the Board of Zoning Appeals.That board has had two vacancies for more than two months, as its former chairman -- now Councilman Larry L. Goukeer -- was picked to replace Warner when he resigned his council seat to take the $400-a-weekproject administrator job.

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