Salisbury unveils mayor’s proposed municipal budget for 2022
SALISBURY, Md. – The city has released the mayor’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year and there’s a lot on their plate, including major increases in certain areas. City officials reiterated how difficult of a year it was financially not only on their level, but for the citizens of Salisbury. They say they have a lot of catching up to do, as well as restructuring.
However, they believe this budget is just as transparent as years before as they head down the road to recovery. “So we’re working hard to keep costs down to provide the best service that is possible,” says city administrator and acting Mayor, Julia Glanz.
The city of Salisbury introduced the mayor’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year, and city officials say they’re excited to try and recover from this past year. Officials tell 47 ABC, cybersecurity threats played a huge role during this pandemic, and information services are being made a priority in this year’s budget. The budget proposes an increase of roughly $80,000. “Just doing anything we can to try to mitigate any threats from the outside is what we’re trying to focus on,” says Bill Garretts, Director of Information Services for Salisbury. “We like to fly under the radar as much as possible, if people don’t know we’re here then we’re doing our job.”
Not only information systems, but adjustments on water and sewage funding is made prevalent as the budget dives into department who struggled this past year.
Mayor Glanz says, the city and it’s citizens took some major hits so this budget will hopefully pave a way for a more prosperous year in 2022. She also states, their overall goal is to make Salisbury a place where citizens want to stay, live and thrive. “We now have the infrastructure in place that really matches that narrative so we’re hopeful that and we’ve been really successful in retaining our folks for a long time,” says Mayor Glanz.
Mayor Glanz also says, they hope they receive the GFOA financial award, which is given to governments with strong transparent budgets. If you want to see what’s on the table for the 2022 budget, just visit their website.