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Perryville approves 2013 budget for more than $8.8 million

Perryville's board of commissioners approved four spending-related resolutions during Tuesday's town hall meeting, including its budget for the fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1. The budget is balanced based on a real estate tax rate that has been reduced from last year.

The town's total budget for the upcoming fiscal year is $8,859,459, with $5,436,130 in the general fund, $1,449,312 in the water fund, $8,567 in the forest conservation fund and $1,965,450 in the sewer fund.

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This represents a planned increase in spending of nearly $273,000 compared to the current year's spending plan, which projected expenses totaling $8,586,541.

Town Commissioner Michael Dawson, who is running for mayor, said that while he would vote in favor of the budget, he hoped to see some of the town's local impact grant money from Hollywood Casino Perryville go toward paying off town debt.

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"It's one small step in the right direction," he said.

The personal property tax rate was approved for 94 cents per $100 of assessed value, and real property tax was approved for 31.44 cents per $100.

Mayor Jim Eberhardt pointed out this is a 2.5-cent reduction in the town's rate.

Other business during Tuesday's meeting:

The commissioners unanimously approved a request by a homeowners association to name a private road on the south side of the Owens Landing Four condominium complex McMullen's Wharf Court. The association will purchase the signs for the road.

A road license agreement between the town and Perry Point VA Medical Center was also approved. The agreement addresses issues that were not part of the original September 2011 agreement between the town and VA in regards to the construction of a new truck route to the hospital. Town administrator Denise Breder clarified that the agreement is "basically the same" as the original agreement with a few clarifications and mistakes corrected.

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