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Sundays For Library? Possible With FY15 Wicomico Budget

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Wicomico Public Library director Andrea Berstler calls the library "the anchor store for downtown."

But every Sunday for the past five years, the doors to that anchor were locked, something that could soon change.

"It's a game changer.," said Berstler. "There's a lot of people who only use the library on Sunday."

On Tuesday, Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt proposed a $129 million budget to county council, including a $100,000 increase to the library. Readers aren't the only ones who could benefit from the budget: adult education could return to Wor-Wic Community College.

The program went idle three years ago and more than 700 adult learners in the county were re-directed to Chesapeake College.

"It enables us to help those students make very concrete linkages from getting their GED to continuing their education," said Ruth Baker, Dean of Continuing Education.

But at what cost to taxpayers?

Property taxes are proposed to increase by 4.3 percent next year, which Pollitt says is due to declining property values.

Some disagree with the hike.

"I'm just worried that we're going back to our citizens to ask for a 4.3 tax increase," said councilman Bob Culver.

"Three cents of that is just to bring in the same money next year as we have this year," said Pollitt. "In other words, most people would not see a measurable impact on their bills."

There will be several public hearings about this year's budget. The first is next Tuesday at 9 AM in the County Council Chambers.

To see Wicomico County's FY 2015 proposed budget, click here.

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