The Crofton Civic Association board of directors approved last night a $568,313 budget for next year that does not increase spending but provides a pay raise for employees and retains the current tax rate.
By a voice vote, the six voting members approved a spending plan for the special tax district for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and keeps the tax rate at 26 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The proposed budget provides a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for about a dozen district employees, adds $8,000 to the community maintenance program and $1,000 to pay the increased costs of newsletters and notices.
Those roughly $16,000 in increases would be paid for by reducing hours of the recreation assistant from 25 to 15 a week, cutting $500 from the activities budget and $3,000 for legal fees, taking $2,000 from the contingency fund and other economies.
Property owners will receive the budget proposal in the next newsletter and vote on it and a proposed bylaw revision at a Jan. 27 general membership meeting.
The bylaw revision, also approved by the board last night, would allow it to approve a 2.5 percent increase in the annual budget without a vote by residents if the general membership meeting in January fails to draw a quorum of 75 property owners. That change would take effect for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 1998. Under current bylaws, the board cannot increase spending without a vote by property owners.
Several residents at the Crofton Elementary School meeting protested the bylaw change and elements of the spending plan.
"If you want to raise the budget, you have to tell the people why, and if they agree, you get it, and if they don't, you don't," said William J. Flynn, a longtime resident. Flynn spearheaded the effort in 1994 to require a community vote on any budget increase.
Pub Date: 12/10/96