Council Agenda: Free Beach Tags for Vets, $69.8 Million City Budget

Council Agenda: Free Beach Tags for Vets, $69.8 Million City Budget

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A new measure would offer free beach tags to all U.S. military veterans who visit Ocean City beaches.

City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (April 24) in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The council meeting returns to City Hall for the first time in 18 months as repairs from Superstorm Sandy damage are now complete (see story).

Here are a few agenda items that might be of special interest:

  • Free Beach Tags for Veterans: City Council hold a public hearing and vote on the second and potentially final reading of an ordinance that would eliminate beach tag fees for anybody who has served in the U.S. military for at least 90 days. Council passed the first reading on April 10. Read more about the ordinance.
  • Final Vote on $69.8 Million Budget for 2014: City Council will vote to adopt a 2014 municipal budget that calls for spending a total of $69.8 million and raising $44.8 million from local taxpayers (a 2.57 percent increase). The The owner of a $500,000 home In Ocean City would see an increase of $73 in municipal taxes if the budget is approved. See story (which includes slightly different figures from preliminary draft). See budget file.
  • Zoning Ordinances: City Council will vote on the second readings of ordinances regulating the construction of bulkheads and creating a checklist for minor site plans.
  • Track Resurfacing at Carey Field: City Council will vote to award a $309,000 contract to All Surface Asphalt Paving of Point Pleasant to resurface the track at the city-owned Carey Stadium at Ocean City High School. The project will include drainage work in advance of a potential installation of a artificial turf field at the facility.

For full documentation on all items, see the City Council Agenda Packet.