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Hampstead council members sworn in Hearing is held on town budget


Hampstead Mayor Clint Becker administered the oath of office last night to the three Town Council members elected last Tuesday.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt was elected to another term. Also taking the oath of office were new council members Dwight W. Womer and Wayne Thomas.

"Guess it's time for us to sit in the audience," said outgoing Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. to Councilman William S. Pearson Sr., who also finished his term last night.

The council voted to retain Mr. Pearson as a consultant for the Hampstead water system.

Before its regular meeting, the council held a public hearing on the proposed town budget of $975,465 for fiscal 1994.

Resident Steve Harmon, president of the Small Crossings Homeowners' Association, asked whether the capital outlay line in the street fund budget meant that the town was considering building new roads.

Town Manager John A. Riley said the expense was for widening and resurfacing roads.

Mr. Thomas, who had not yet been sworn in as a council member, asked whether there was any chance the county would raise its landfill tipping fee from the $40 a ton cited in the Hampstead budget.

"It will not be raised up for 1993-1994," Mr. Becker said, adding that the county commissioners had assured him that the rate would hold steady for the year.

The new budget includes $724,307 in general fund expenditures, about 7 percent more than last year.

Water fund spending for fiscal 1994 will be $251,158, up less than 1 percent from fiscal 1993.

Hampstead's local real estate tax rate was officially set at 50 cents when the new council passed a tax ordinance for fiscal 1994 by a vote of 5-0.

The tax rate, which represents the town's constant-yield rate, is down 3 cents from last year.

Mr. Becker said after the meeting that the passage of the tax ordinance officially funds the proposed budget. He said no further council action is required on the budget.

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