N.Baltimore rejects raise for light rate PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:04
NORTH BALTIMORE - A proposed increase to street lighting assessments was voted down Tuesday by village council members during a special meeting.
All six council members voted "no" to raise the assessment from its current level at $35,000 and increase it to $47,000. The proposed assessment would have cost the owner of a home appraised at $100,000 about $11 more annually. Property owners currently pay $32.69 for the assessment.
Instead of increasing the assessment this year, Mayor Mike Julien said council is planning to look at phasing in the increases.
"So it's a little less painful and not as big of a hit all at once," he said.
According to the mayor and council members, the lighting budget is operating in the red. It has been impacted by additional street lights added to the village, particularly at the new roundabout.
Village residents are also seeing a higher bill resulting from the sewer separation project.
"We didn't want it to be like a one-two punch," Julien said.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, council members agreed to share the cost of a school resource officer with the North Baltimore school district. The village and the district agreed to split the $46,320 cost for North Baltimore police Officer Mandy Slane to continue her duties as school resource officer. That is an increase from $45,000 last year. The contract is for the 2013-2014 school year.
"We have had lots of good feedback from multiple sources on the good job she is doing out there," Julien said.
Council members also held an executive session to discuss personnel issues and security. No action was expected.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:32

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