SNOW HILL, Md.- The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the FY 2019/2020 (FY20) operating budget of $201,285,552 in appropriations for the coming fiscal year. 

This reflects an increase of $11,254,833 or 5.9% more than the FY19 budget while reducing the requested expenditures of $202.6 million by $1.5 million, officials said. 

Significant increases in budgeted expenditures for FY20 include $3 million for the Board of Education operating expenses and new debt service for the Showell Elementary School, $1.6 million for waste collection (Homeowner Convenience Centers) and recycling operations, $1.1 million more for public safety including new P25 radio equipment and increased funding for volunteer fire and ambulance companies,

In order to fund these increased expenses, the real property tax rate will increase by 1¢ to 84.5¢ per $100 of assessed value effective July 1, 2019, and the county’s local income tax rate will increase from 1.75% to 2.25% effective Jan. 1, 2020.  

County officials said that even with these increases, Worcester County residents will continue to enjoy the lowest income tax rate and the second lowest real property tax rate as compared to all other counties in Maryland.

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