Speak Out Salisbury: Wicomico budget, 1st Saturday

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Wicomico budget plan

•“I was at the county budget hearing last week. Bob Culver’s plan is to spend $143.7 million plan in the next year. Quick math: That’s $393,425 for every day of the year.”

•“We always hear that more than half of the county’s spending goes to education. That’s just not true anymore. It’s more like 40 percent. Wicomico could and should spend a lot more on its public schools. Take out things that count as education, like Wor-Wic support and the library, and the schools spending percentage is even less.”

In the county’s budget, school system spending, school system debt service, the county Extension Service, the library system and the county’s contribution to Wor-Wic Community College are all considered education spending, amounting to about 43 percent of total outlays.

Mike Seidel’s anniversary

•“Hey! Mike Seidel recently celebrated his 25th work anniversary at The Weather Channel. You guys missed it!”

Au contraire. We’ve had trouble connecting with the Salisbury native/star meteorologist (he’s a busy guy), but Susan Canfora has a nice story and interview coming soon.

Cut state taxes

•“I had to laugh at your headline — ‘Lawmakers declare victory as session ends.’ Let’s be clear about something: Unless my taxes are getting cut, nothing victorious is occurring in Annapolis.”

Numerous events this weekend

•“My favorite event of the year is this weekend — Pork In The Park. Thank you Wicomico County Tourism for your work on this great event.”

There a a lot going on Saturday and Sunday. The Downtown bicycle event is Saturday, as is the Earth Day cleanup along the river. Sunday is the Great Clue Caper. Check out our “Things To Do” column for more events.

Salisbury Marathon

•“I don’t like that a significant section of this Salisbury Marathon race is an out-and-back on Riverside Drive. Most runners I know, and especially me, like courses that tour a community. Out-and-backs aren’t as fun.”

1st Saturday Downtown

•“Whatever happened to 1st Saturday? Is the event gone?”

1st Saturday has been taking a little rest, but will return this May 6 with the bluegrass ensemble ‘The Fellow Travelers.’ The event has been sidelined numerous times because of bad weather, so all future events will be centered at Headquarters Live. The website is 1stSaturdaySBY.com.

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