Salisbury budget facing challenges brought by virus

Salisbury’s cash flow is expected to take a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, but it isn’t likely to bring city operations to a halt, Mayor Jake Day said during a presentation of his proposed $64.7 million budget for fiscal 2021. “I don’t think we’ll be in crisis mode,” he said. Since the start of the […]

Salisbury presents state task list to local lawmakers

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day on Tuesday presented the city’s legislative and budget wish list to members of the Eastern Shore Delegation before they head to Annapolis in January. For the fourth year, city officials hosted a lunch meeting with local members of the Maryland General Assembly to outline priorities, including establishing a tax differential and […]

Mayor’s budget focuses on safety, neighborhoods

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has submitted a $62.37 million fiscal 2020 spending plan that leaves city property tax and sewer rates untouched from the current year. Total annual spending would increase by $879,000; the city is on course to have spent $61.49 million by the close of the fiscal year on June 30. The city’s […]

Salisbury council gives final budget approval

Salisbury’s recently passed $60.9 million FY19 budget is, Mayor Jake Day said,  “one of proudest in our city’s history.” “It continues to invest in our youth and focuses on ending homelessness, reducing crime. It takes our economy seriously and investing in our economy. It’s not just about politics. “I’m as pleased with it now as […]

Day’s budget avoids tax hike, asks water fees increase

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day’s $60 million FY19 operating budget, presented to the City Council and at a news conference this week, includes a slight increase in water and sewer fees but no new taxes, a combination Day called “great news for property owners and something we’re committed to.” “The budget remains nearly flat.  We’re just […]

City Council balks at salary increase proposals

Discussion about increasing the Salisbury mayor’s and City Council members’ salary was tabled at the City Council work session this week, after the four members present failed to agree on an amount. Jim Ireton refused to agree to more than a $12,000 increase, from the present salary of $25,000 to $37,000, prompting Councilman Muir Boda […]

City budget compromise ends in .04-cents tax hike

Salisbury’s City Council will not adopt a separate tax rate for residential and commercial property owners and will instead implement a 4-cent tax increase on all properties. In a budget work session Monday night, council members worked to fill a $1.4 million budget hole created by expiring grants. In the end — after four weeks […]

Salisbury council focuses on budget’s tax revenues

[embedyt][/embedyt] Salisbury’s City Council appears to be leaning toward keeping the property tax flat for homeowners, while still increasing taxes on rental properties. Under Mayor Jake Day’s fiscal 2018 budget as proposed, taxes would increase for landlord-owned properties, but residential homeowners would have seen their taxes reduced. Day proposed that property tax rate for […]