By William Carr, Mayor
This report and the 2000-2001 budget are hereby
presented to the citizens and the Town Council of
Emmitsburg as required by the Charter and
Municipal Code of Emmitsburg.
The audit of the Town’s finances for the
preceding fiscal year 1998-1999 was performed by
Linton, Shafer and Company of Frederick, Maryland,
and approved by State auditors in January of this
The 1999-2000 budget was adhered to and
followed as mandated. Transfers within the budget
were done in the proper manner. Some factors not
apparent during the budget preparation allowed for
financial considerations that were positive for
the Town. The major positive factor being a
release of grant monies that allowed for payment
of expenses that had previously been paid out of
the Town’s general fund. A major portion of
these funds were used to reduce the Town’s
burdened debt. A second important step was taken
in February when the Town refinanced existing
bonds with a commercial lender to a
"governmental lending agency" at a
reduced interest rate, and therefore a long-term
Generally, through the efforts of good
management, we made every effort to cut costs
whereever possible. A mild winter helped, past and
continued good maintenance practices helped,
careful supply spending helped and, most
importantly, we are blessed with a great, caring
staff that do their jobs well. The results are
shown in a budget surplus for this last budget
year, a first in many years.
Meeting rising infrastructure costs is a
never-ending challenge to all of us, in the
Council, in management and in the work force. The
Town’s tax base continues not to grow in any
great amount and we continue to meet the
escalating costs with income that does not rise
with costs. Growth has been slow and, while future
growth is good, we have to deal with today.
Real estate taxation and utility charges are
the Town’s primary and only source of income. To
meet rising costs and perform needed
infrastructure progress we have recommended a
$0.05 raise in taxes for the coming fiscal year.
This raise will establish a $0.75 tax rate per
$100.00 of assessed property value for the new
fiscal year 2000-2001. The Council also
recommended to keep the same utility rates as the
previous fiscal year.
The Water utility has continued to be operated
at a high level. Though the plant is antiquated,
constant supervision of operation has been carried
out to provide a safe quality product. A new plant
will soon allow us to do an even better job.
The Sewer utility performs well under some
adverse conditions, primarily surface water
getting into the system. Plans are in place to
correct this problem through relining existing
The Streets department has maintained our
streets and alleys as well as can be. The coming
year will see resurfacing of the most needed
Parks and Recreation have made good gains. A
skateboard area was established with volunteer
labor. A new softball field has been surveyed and
will be in place this fall.
The after-school youth program at the Community
Center is a beginning by the Town to offer
structured activity for our youth. This is the
first full year for this effort and we hope it
will grow in popularity.
The 2000-2001 budget was prepared with the
thought in mind that we want to improve each year:
I believe we have. Our immediate future is very
bright. Years of negotiation and planning for a
new water plant have finally come to pass.
Construction bids have been received and work will
commence in July hoping for a December or January
finish date. A large motel-restaurant complex will
also break ground in the next 30 days on our
eastern border. In addition, a business complex of
three buildings will start sometime in September.
Finally, the Town is negotiating with two
residential developers that we hope will bring
needed housing to our community.
The budget process is a demanding effort; it
takes input from everyone and then someone to meld
it all together. Our Town Manager has done that
and I commend David Haller for doing a great job.
In conclusion I want to thank the entire staff
for their contributions in making our community a
wonderful place to live.