Worcester Files Motion To Dismiss Equal Pay Suit

BERLIN — Worcester County this week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed last August alleging the now-defunct Liquor Control Board (LCB) violated the federal Equal Pay Act by paying female employees at retail outlets less than their male counterparts in the same positions.Last August, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the suit… Read more »

Wicomico Seeks To Ease Business Tax Requirements

SALISBURY – Wicomico County is looking to relieve frustration among businesses by exempting manufacturing equipment under certain conditions when determining a company’s assessed value.The Wicomico County Council introduced legislation Tuesday to exempt from county property taxation manufacturing equipment under certain conditions by reducing the percentage of the assessed value subject to county property tax from… Read more »

Worcester Looking To Address $7.3M Budget Gap

SNOW HILL — A first look at Worcester County’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Operating Budget shows an increase of over $800,000 in estimated revenue but an anticipated budget shortfall of $7,374,149.“Based on current tax rates, revenues are estimated to be $166.7 million,” Chief Administrative Officer Gerald Mason explained to the County Commission Tuesday. “Requested operating… Read more »

MARP Program Issues Advice For Seal Sightings

OCEAN CITY — With more and more beached seal sightings and strandings in and around the resort area, the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) coordinator this week briefed the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and other allied agencies on the appropriate response and reinforced the message the public should report sightings but generally leave… Read more »

Voices From The Readers

TSA Decision Appalls Editor:I am appalled by the Transportation Security Administration’s recent decision to allow knives back into the aircraft cabin. As a Flight Attendant and the last line of defense in the cabin, I believe that these proposed changes could endanger crew members and the passengers that we work so hard to keep safe and… Read more »

Budget Realities A Factor With SRO Decision

The Worcester County Commission, like other governments across the state and country, is currently facing a major decision — does it raise the property tax rate to fund School Resource Officers (SROs)?That could well be the crux of this spring’s budget debate. There is no question hiring 13 full-time SROs at a first-year price tag… Read more »