Divided OC Council Approves Budget With Modest Tax Hike; Council Members Exchange Jabs Before Vote

Divided OC Council Approves Budget With Modest Tax Hike; Council Members Exchange Jabs Before Vote

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week approved the fiscal year 2020 budget on first reading, but not before a somewhat heated and philosophical debate about the property tax rate, which, depending on sematics, will go up for some this year.At the conclusion of a marathon budget wrap-up session last month, the Mayor and Council… Read more »

Parking Task Force Adjourns With All Options On Table; Members Unable To Reach Clear Paid Parking Consensus

Parking Task Force Adjourns With All Options On Table; Members Unable To Reach Clear Paid Parking Consensus

OCEAN CITY — The resort’s parking task force met this week for the fourth and final time before the summer season and closed with all proposed options still on the table including expanding paid street parking in other areas of town.From the beginning, task force members asserted the point of the exercise was not to… Read more »

Council Gives Conceptual Approves To Punkin Chunkin At Inlet Beach; Pumpkins Would Be Shot Over Open Ocean

Council Gives Conceptual Approves To Punkin Chunkin At Inlet Beach; Pumpkins Would Be Shot Over Open Ocean

OCEAN CITY — With an abundance of caution and more questions at this point than answers, Ocean City officials this week gave conceptual approval to bringing the World Punkin Chunkin championships to the Inlet area in November.For decades, the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association hosted the iconic annual fall event in rural areas of neighboring… Read more »

Berlin Council Cuts Proposed Tax Hike To 18% With Another Increase Likely Next Year

Berlin Council Cuts Proposed Tax Hike To 18% With Another Increase Likely Next Year

BERLIN – Elected officials agreed to cut a proposed property tax increase to 18% following weeks of public outcry.In a budget work session Monday, members of the Berlin Town Council agreed conceptually to an 18% increase—which would make the rate $.80 per $100 of assessed value — this  year to be followed by a to-be-determined… Read more »