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Ocean City Budget Approved In 5-to-2 Vote

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - During a nearly 6 hour, highly contentious, Ocean City City Budget meeting, the council discussed and voted on a number of key issues on the table. The budget passed Monday night with 5-to-2 vote, with council members Margaret Pillas & Brent Ashley opposing.

Council Chambers were packed with skate boarders, their parents, and upset residents - unhappy with the paid parking proposal.

Good news for the skate boarders. Ocean Bowl Skate Park will stay open year-round. According to Ashley, who pushed to keep the skate park open during the off season, an appropriation for charity use, in the amount of $13,444, was available. To use it those funds for charity, apparently the county commissioners had to agree on matching it. Since that never happened, the city council, after discussion approved using the funds to keep the skate park open. It was also discussed, at the budget meeting, that the skate park committee will look at other funding sources and fund-raising efforts, going forward to help with costs.

Midnight bus service was not so lucky, with council members voting to cut the service, with apparently no protest.

The issue of paid parking; however, was a much different story. A significant number of folks turned out to speak against the proposal.

But the measure passed with a 5-to-2 vote. But according to Ashley, who also voted against this, apparently the paid parking issue "was a done deal" prior to the budget meeting. We're told the city had reportedly already ordered the parking machines. A huge point of contention among residents who showed up to the meeting, is that there was no feasibility study conducted before the measure was approved. Ashley says he proposed they should still do one, and that appears to be on the table.

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