Middletown voted to approve its latest budget after a slight delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The town’s commissioners voted 5-0 Monday night to approve the $3,044,524 general fund operating budget for fiscal year 2021. The number is a decrease from the FY20 budget, which was $3,106,212.

The budget includes $3,325,405 in revenues, including $1.48 million from local taxes, $1.57 million in county shared taxes and $214,528 in state shared taxes.

The town’s property tax rate will remain at 23 cents per $100 of assessed value, the 29th year that the rate has stayed the same.

The town is required to pass a budget by July 1, and normally has a public meeting in May and votes in early June, but commissioners lost several meetings to the coronavirus pandemic, Town Administrator Drew Bowen said Monday.

The $280,881 surplus from the general fund will go into the town’s capital improvements plan, Bowen said.

Budget expense highlights include $809,315 for highways and streets, and $446,458 for public safety, which mostly pays for the town’s use of deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

The general fund’s $1,572,235 capital improvement plan budget includes $626,000 for a project to reconstruct the town’s Broad Street, and a $224,000 project to mill and overlay Boileau Court.

The commissioners also unanimously approved a $1,161,351 operating budget for the town’s water and sewer fund, along with a $3,547,975 water and sewer capital improvement budget.

That fund will go toward $3.2 million in improvements to the town reservoir, including a ground storage tank and a new suction line.

Follow Ryan Marshall on Twitter: @RMarshallFNP.

Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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