Salisbury ended up in a little better financial shape in the just ended 2013 budget year than in 2012.
Auditor Pam Baker found that the city was benefiting from a modest rebound in construction activity pulling in $364-thousand in permits compared to $185-thosuand the year before.
But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that declining real estate values caused a drop of nearly $500-thousand in property tax revenue.
Baker also said that overall spending was $2.8 million below what was budgeted.
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Many city employees in Salisbury haven't had a raise in six years, but a new analysis shows the cost of benefits is substantially increasing city spending.
An analysis by The Daily Times shows spending on salaries, benefits and employee costs have jumped 52 percent in the past decade, from $17.4 million in 2004 to $26.6 million.
There hasn't been a hiring spree, though. The city added just 45 staff members over the past 10 years, an increase of 13 percent.
Former Assistant City Administrator Dr. Lore’ Chambers has filed suit for $750-thousand against the city of Salisbury and Mayor Jim Ireton after being fired from her job in July.
The lawsuit alleges that Ireton verbally berated her when she expressed interest the city administrator job.
WBOC reports that Chambers claims that the Mayor would not let up physically stalking her, yelling at her and otherwise trying to intimidate her in a public setting.
There’s a new report out that says the city employees of Salisbury are underpaid and should get an average 8.5 percent hike in their salaries.
Evergreen Solutions LLC found that 80 percent the 381 employees earn are compensated well below the market rate.
It recommended that overall employee compensation should be raised over no more than a 3 year period.
In addition, the $44-thousand report said that nine job titles should be revised with the creation of a position of lead zookeeper.
The Maryland Board of Public Works has authorized $1.2 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the towns of Salisbury and Fruitland.
The funding is part of the 2000 Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed by five states including Maryland to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries such as the Wicomico River.
Salisbury got $1 million for designing improvements to fix an earlier upgrade that did not meet pollution control standards.
After 18 years as city administrator John Pick is leaving the city of Salisbury to become city manager in Northglenn, Colorado.
The 62-year old city official has overseen dramatic changes during those years with the population growing from 20-thousand to 30-thosuand since 1990.
Wi-Fi is coming to downtown Salisbury.
At least, that’s the plans of Bill Garrett who was hired last July to be director of the city’s information technology.
He told the Salisbury Daily Time, “It’s time to step up the game a little.”
On the table are plans to provide free WiFi for patrons on or near the Downtown Plaza.
He noted that other municipalities do this and bring in more business, especially in college towns.
The connection would be relayed by 10 antennas atop the surrounding buildings with the consent of their owners.
The Salisbury City Council last night unanimously approved a $53 million budget that will raise property taxes for the first time in years.
The rate will go from $8.19 to $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.
The increase represents the revenue problem faced by Salisbury in the face of an 8 percent drop in the town’s property tax base due to the Great Recession.
There is a 2 percent pay raise for city employees and as well as money to maintain the pay increases for the police department.
Tom Stevenson will be taking over the city administrator’s job in Salisbury on an interim basis but he told a news conference that he does plan to apply for the position.
He is head of the Neighborhood Services and code Compliance Department and has worked with just about every department over the last quarter century.
Stevenson will be replacing John Pick who announced his retirement this week and will depart June 28th.
Mayor Jim Ireton said that the city will hire a consultant in the national search for Pick’s replacement.
Salisbury gained around 500 jobs in February but it’s unemployment rate was still the highest for Maryland metropolitan areas in Maryland.
A new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the rate ticked down from 9.9 percent to 9.5 percent.
That’s the lowest for February in Salisbury since 2009 when it stood at 9.4 percent.
The Salisbury metropolitan area includes Wicomico and Somerset Counties.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the total for those with jobs or looking for jobs rose from just over 61,700 to 62-thousand.
There will be an Arts Roundtable meeting this Wednesday in Salisbury to build and develop a new visual and performing arts center.
Executive Director Therese Hamilton told the Salisbury Daily Times that such a center could be located in the downtown area as part of a revitalization effort in that part of the city.
She noted that many nonprofit arts groups are now competing for space at high school auditoriums with all their logistical and financial challenges.
Police are looking for 19 year old Myles David Lyons in connection with an early morning shooting and stabbing that has left one person dead and two others injured
The incident occurred in the Jersey Road and Burnt Branch Drive area of Salisbury around 3 . am.
The murder victim is described as a 39 year old woman.
An 17 and 18 year injured in the incident have been taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
It’s National Night Out.
And cities across the county are celebrating the event that marks the fight against crime.
It’s sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
On the Lower Eastern Shore there are a number of cities participating this year ranging from Salisbury and Crisfield to Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Ocean City.
Col. Ivan Barkley with the Salisbury Police Department says this is a way for the community and law enforcement to get together.
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman has been charged in the death of her 11-year-old daughter after police say she ran her vehicle off the Salisbury bypass while impaired by drugs.
State police tell The Daily Times of Salisbury that the girl was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, which overturned on the southbound Route 13 Bypass Sunday afternoon.
The unemployment rates for Salisbury and Dover were up in June.
Salisbury’s jobless rate was 9 percent up from 8.4 percent in May.
That’s still below 9.5 percent a year ago.
Statewide, Maryland’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent up from 6.6 percent a month earlier.
But that was still below the 7.7 percent a year ago.
For Dover June saw an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent up from 6.5 percent in May.
Again the June rate was lower than the 7.8 percent a year ago.