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Sykesville residents will be asked their opinion about the Town Council's strategy to resolve a $184,000 budget shortfall.

At its Sept. 28 meeting, the mayor and council introduced an amended fiscal 2010 budget of $2.6 million -- a drop from the $2.8 million budget that had already been approved.

A public hearing is set for Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Town House, 7547 Main St., Sykesville.

The reduction is needed in the face of state cuts that trimmed $167,000 in highway user revenues for road maintenance and more than $17,000 in police protection grant funds from the town.

Most of the cuts came from paid employee comp time (extra leave in lieu of overtime), $15,000; a decision to not fill the Gate House Museum of History director position, $12,000; and a cut in funding for the Old Main Line Visitor Center and Post Office, $5,600.

The post office plans to reduce change its hours to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but the United States Postal Service must approve the change, Town Manager Matt Candland said.

Layoffs are not a part of the budget proposal, officials said.

Some savings for Sykesville also helped the budget situation. The town expects to save $35,000 on tipping fees for hauling trash to the county's Northern Landfill in Westminster.

On the revenue side, Candland recommended using reserve funds including $25,000 in a development inspection fees account to help balance the budget, and also transferred expenses for a mower and the Gate House.


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