Another Property Tax Hike for Wicomico County Residents

Jun 4, 2014

Credit Don Rush

Property taxes will go up again for the fifth straight year for Wicomico county property owners under a $129 million budget.

On a vote of 5-to-2 yesterday the County Council approved a hike of 5 percent in its annual budget.

This will increase the rate by 43 cents to $9.52 for every $1-thousand of assessed property value.

The increase will go into effect July 1st and is needed to compensate for a decline of 2.5 percent in county property values.

Meanwhile, $7 million will be coming out of the county’s $39 million reserve funds to pay for a backlog in road maintenance as well as providing money for new benefits under a restructured law enforcement labor agreement among other initiatives.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the two dissenters -- council members Joe Holloway and Bob Culver -- said the county spends too much and taxes too much.

Both are running against incumbent Rick Pollitt for County Executive.