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Students help bring back long absent swamp plant

By: Clara Vaughn on April 11th, 2014

(April 11, 2014) Lower and middle school students from across this county and Wicomico are helping restore a plant absent in Maryland’s swamps for decades.

The Atlantic white cedar, once a giant among the lower shore’s low-lying areas, virtually disappeared with the loss of its habitat when people moved in, but collaboration between the National Aquarium’s…

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False assumption causes budgeting shortfall for city

By: Zack Hoopes on April 11th, 2014

(April 11, 2014) Balancing the budget on an anticipated windfall increase in bus revenues has come back to bite City Hall, as council was told during last week’s budget sessions that the town would be down $979,000 due to false assumptions in the transportation fund.

“The current budget is structured around enhanced revenues of around $1.5 million in transportation,…

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City looks to PIO consolidation in ‘one voice’ effort

By: Zack Hoopes on April 11th, 2014

(April 11, 2014) Recent budget hearings have indicated a desire for the city to eliminate or consolidate department-level public relations functions, and move toward what is being termed a “one-voice” approach for the entire town.

Councilman Joe Mitrecic questioned line items in both the Ocean City Police Department and Ocean City Beach Patrol budgets…

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First budget draft hikes OC property taxes by one cent

By: Zack Hoopes on April 4th, 2014

(April 4, 2014) City Council heard the first draft of the town’s 2014-2015 fiscal year operating budget this week, with City Manager David Recor’s financial plan hinging on a proposed one cent tax increase above the constant yield rate, as well as a windfall $1.3 million savings from bus fare changes.

These are needed to support another $1 million hike in…

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