The Burkittsville Town Council adopted its fiscal 2020 budget Monday night, with expenses totaling $68,976.

The top two costs in the general fund are for trash collection at $19,000 and park and pond maintenance and improvement at $10,000.

The town’s revenue totals $57,734. The two largest sources are property taxes at $29,000, and the county/city tax equity at $27,000.

Burkittsville also has a dedicated street fund for street maintenance and lighting. Revenue for that is $47,000, and expenses are $33,045.

The town is getting $21,000 in highway user revenue funds for the street fund.

Highway user revenue comes from state gas taxes, and registration and titling fees. The funds are granted to municipalities to help fund local transportation projects.

Treasurer and Clerk Chuck Rounds said Tuesday that although the town is running a deficit of $11,242 in its general fund, the town charter requires that officials spend no more money than they collect overall each fiscal year.

The town fulfills that requirement under its current budget, as the street fund generated a net income of $13,955. The total net income in the combined budget is $2,713.

Mayor Debby Burgoyne said after Monday’s meeting that her main priority for the town moving forward is implementation of its Green Streets and Stormwater Master Plan. She added there is no timeline for completing that plan, as drafting it was a 10-year process.

Burgoyne also said that she and new council members will be sworn in for three-year terms at the town meeting June 10. John “Jad” Drake, Todd Remaley and Kathy Ahalt are the three council members. Todd’s wife, Rebecca Remaley, and Rachel Carballo are stepping down.

Rounds said that under the charter, there is no need for an election if every seat is uncontested.

Drake said Monday that street repair, especially given water damage from last year’s flood, is the main issue facing the town. He added he’s serving a second term because he’s lived in town since 1983, and it’s his civic duty.

“I’ve lived here since I was 9, and just giving back to the community, man,” Drake said.

Council members also discussed raising the pay for council members and the mayor at Monday’s meeting. Currently, council members are paid $400 annually, and the mayor earns $800.

Rounds said raising pay to $600 per council member and $1,200 for the mayor annually would require a vote among Burkittsville residents.

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