The Aberdeen City Council looks to resolve a number of outstanding issues during its Monday night session including adoption of the fiscal year 2011-2012 Operating and Capital Budgets, setting the tax rate for the same time period, updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan, and nominating a full-time replacement for city police chief.
In early October 2010, the city council voted 3-2 to not renew the contract of the city’s longtime police chief Randy Rudy. Mayor Mike Bennett tapped Aberdeen Police Department Captain Henry Trabert to serve as acting chief until a permanent replacement could be chosen. At the time, Bennett said he hoped to have the search for a new chief wrapped up after the holiday season, early in 2011. The search is over and on Monday night, the city council will vote on the nomination of a full-time police chief, which could include removing the “acting” status from Trabert’s title and allowing him to remain full time in the position he has now served for nearly eight months.
Also Monday night, the city council will hold a public hearing on the Operating and Capital Budgets, Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012). The FY 2012 General Fund Budget is based on an annual real property tax rate of $0.6800 per $100 of assessed value and an annual personal property tax rate of $1.70 per $100 of assessed value. The FY 2012 Water Use Rate will be a minimum charge of $14.50 for the first 3,500 gallons or less and $4.38 per each additional 1,000 gallons. The Sanitary Sewer Use Rate will be a minimum charge of $17.02 for the first 3,500 gallons or less of metered water and $4.85 per each additional 1,000 gallons of metered water.
The city council will also hold a public hearing on an ordinance creating a new subclass of real property in Aberdeen for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which would be taxed at a different, lower rate than other properties in the city to serve as incentive to attract sustainable, military-related development to the city.
In an effort to attract commercial development as it relates to the U.S. Army’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) that is occurring at Aberdeen Proving Ground and to promote sustainable development which can be partially achieved when buildings are built to LEED certifications, the mayor and city council are proposing to use tax policy to induce building developers to build to LEED (or approved equivalent) certification.
In order to qualify for the new LEED tax subclass, a property must fulfill the following requirments:
– The improvements are an office building. The office building may include on its first floor ancillary and clearly subordinate uses such as banks, restaurants, coffee shops, gyms and similar types of commercial uses.
– The office building must have a minimum of 50,000 square feet of gross floor area.
– The office building must have been granted a Use and Occupancy Permit by the City of Aberdeen on or after January 1, 2011.
– The office building must have and maintain a LEED Silver designation or, in the discretion of the City, a similar designation from a comparable entity that rates buildings for energy efficiency.
Monday night’s agenda also includes the presentation of proclamations and awards for the Aberdeen Heritage Trust Poster Contest; recognition of Harford County Teacher of the Year Christian Slattery; the Maryland Rural Water Association Employee and Wastewater System of the Year Awards; and the City of Aberdeen Comprehensive Plan 2011 Update.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Aberdeen City Hall.
The full agenda is listed below:
CITY OF ABERDEEN COUNCIL AGENDA
May 23, 2011, 7 PM
Call to Order – Roll Call
Opening Prayer – Apostle Dianne Welsh, Breath of God Christian Fellowship Church
Pledge of Allegiance – Councilwoman Landbeck
Approval of Minutes: Council Meeting, May 9, 2011
Proclamations & Awards by Aberdeen Heritage Trust Poster Contest, Nancy Backus
Proclamation in Recognition of Christian Slattery, Harford County Teacher of the Year
MD Rural Water Association Employee and Wastewater System of the Year Awards
The City of Aberdeen Comprehensive Plan 2011 Update, Phyllis Grover
PUBLIC COMMENT: No more than five (5) minutes shall be given to any individual speaking unless the Council determines otherwise.
Setting the Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 and the Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Budget Ordinance No. 11-O-04 (For Adoption)
BUSINESS OF THE CITY:
1. Unfinished Business
2. New Business
3. Business from Director of Planning & Community Development
4. Business from Chief of Police
5. Business from Director of Finance
Year-to-Date Financial Transactions
6. Business from Director of Public Works
7. Business from City Manager
Nomination of Police Chief
BUSINESS OF COUNCIL:
1. Business from the City Council
2. Business from the Mayor
Next Council Meeting: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Next Council Work Session: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.