Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – January 4, 2019

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – January 4, 2019

With the first issue of 2019, here are some predictions for the next 12 months. Like most years, I will be wrong on many and right on some. Nonetheless, it’s a fun exercise.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________•A U.S. District Court judge will rule for Ocean City in the ongoing challenge of the 2017 emergency ordinance that banned women from… Read more »

Post-Election Year Ripe For Tax Hikes

Post-Election Year Ripe For Tax Hikes

The year after an election routinely brings tax increases for local property owners.It’s an unfortunate tactic elected officials employ to avoid consequences at the ballot box from voters. The idea is voters will not remember three years from now their taxes were increased. Even if they do recall the decision, enough years will have gone… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – December 28, 2018

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk – December 28, 2018

For the last issue of the year, it’s an opportune time to look back on the predictions I made one year ago for 2018. Next week I take another stab at the news that will make headlines in 2019.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Right On The Money•Republican Gov. Larry Hogan did cruise to re-election as I thought he would. However,… Read more »

Waning Franchise Interest Concerning

Waning Franchise Interest Concerning

Ocean City needs to take the next several years to re-evaluate the future of its contracts with summer franchises – beach stands, beach photos (scopers) and vehicle vending (roving ice cream trucks).From a revenue perspective, it’s become time for the city to decide whether any revenue is better than nothing. The revenue from each of… Read more »

Different Approaches To Handling Reserve Funds

Different Approaches To Handling Reserve Funds

Audits of government fiscal operations are typically boring stuff, but that was not the case in Berlin this week. It was an interesting review, and it’s important for town property owners to understand what was discussed.The annual audit report raised concerns about the town’s shrinking general fund balance. Although each government handles these funds differently,… Read more »