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Rockville seniors testify against water and sewer rate increases

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Seal of Rockville MdROCKVILLE — Rockville residents weighed in on City Manager Robert DiSpirito’s budget proposal at Monday’s Mayor and City Council session, using first of two public hearings before the City Council takes up their own budget to air grievances about suggested increases to the city’s water and sewer rates.

The matter of most concern to those residents who testified was against a proposed 9.7 percent increase to the City’s ready-to-serve charge, a significant increase meant to help funnel revenue back into the Rockville’s sinking sewer fund.

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Rockville budget proposal includes increased wages

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Seal of Rockville MdOne week after Rockville City Manager Rob DiSpirito presented his Fiscal Year 2019 budget to the Rockville City Council and Mayor Bridget Newton, DiSpirito had the chance to defend his proposal Monday as Newton and members of the council questioned him and discussed the city’s budget needs.

DiSpirito’s $136.2 million budget plan increases proposed expenditures by 4.5 percent over Fiscal Year 2018 but despite the increases, it does not increase property taxes. The increases would allow DiSpirito to add several new positions in the City government, including two additional police officers, one GIS/Asset Management support specialist, one urban forestry maintenance worker and one information systems security engineer.

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Rockville police lobby for school resource officers and filling vacancies

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ROCKVILLE – The City Council is considering adding a school resource police officer to its fiscal year 2018 operating budget.

Bob Rappoport, acting Rockville City Police Chief, said the department applied for a grant for an additional school resource officer for six years but was denied each time. This year, he’s requesting it be added to the city budget.

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Takoma Park gets tax increase

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100 dollar billsAfter a meeting that lasted into early Tuesday morning, Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams finally had the agreement of four members of the city council for a tax increase in the fiscal 2016 budget, which totals about $29.5 million.

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