NEW WINDSOR, Md. (AP) — New Windsor leaders have proposed a 5-cent increase in real property tax to pay for road repairs after two years of severe winter weather.

The mayor and the Town Council say the tax hike is also needed to balance the budget after expenses for snow removal were much higher than expected.

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The fiscal year 2016 budget would increase the tax rate to 26.15 cents per $100 of assessed value, up from 21.15 cents.

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Mayor Neal Roop tells The Carroll County Times ( ) the town had budgeted $4,000 for snow removal and salt for fiscal year 2015. The town spent more than $16,000 this past winter.

Roop and the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on Wednesday.
Information from: Carroll County Times ,

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