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LAUREL, Del. –  The town of Laurel is in the middle of crafting is 2020 budget, which includes some increases for tax payers.

At the top of the list are two increases, a $1 base rate increase on water and a 5-percent increase to real estate taxes, or about $30 a household.

We’re told the increases are needed because the town has a new maintenance agreement, increases in personnel costs and so the town can establish a capital improvement reserve fund.

“Our mayor and council, there’s seven of them and they all reside in town, so any increases in taxes, or any other services we provide effects them just as much as it effects every other property owner in town,” said Laurel town manager Jamie Smith.

The budget is scheduled for to be voted on at the June 17 meeting.