The Berlin Bulletin

The Town's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget process is well underway. We had our first Budget Work Session Monday night and the Mayor recommended increasing real estate property taxes from 68 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 88 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Real estate property taxes go into the Town's General Fund and are used to pay for a wide variety of activities including police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), economic and community development, planning, parks, curbside garbage and recycling pick up, and capital projects, such as the Police Department building.

Town departments funded by the General Fund presented their budgets to the Mayor and Council on Monday night. For the FY 20 Budget which starts on July 1st, staff has reduced their expenses by approximately 18%. Some of these were one-time items, such as the purchase of a garbage truck, and others were recurring costs, such as the distribution service we use to promote Town events.

The next Budget Work Session is scheduled for Monday, April 15th at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers in Town Hall, 10 William St. The focus of that night's work will be on the Town's utility budgets - electric, water, wastewater (sewer) and stormwater. The Mayor and Council will discuss raising the water and wastewater rates for the coming fiscal year, which starts on July 1st.

For residents and property owners in the area of Graham Avenue, Grice Street and Nelson Street - we are holding a meeting on April 11th at 6 pm at the Berlin Activities Depot to discuss a stormwater project on Town property located between Graham Avenue and Old Ocean City Boulevard. This project is expected to reduce flooding in your neighborhood. The Town received a grant to complete this project in partnership with Maryland Coastal Bays. More details about the meeting are listed below.

We hope to see you there.

Thank you for your interest in the  Berlin Bulletin ,
Laura Allen
Town Administrator

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Save The Dates
Berlin Little League Parade: Saturday, April 13th from 8 am – 9 am
Enjoy opening day as our Berlin Little League baseball teams parade down Main Street to the ball fields. Walk starts at Berlin Fire Company.

Upcoming Budget Work sessions :
Utility Fund, Monday, April 15th at 5:30 PM

Berlin Spring Celebration: Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm
Downtown Main Street - Welcome spring by enjoying a day of fun, food, games for the kids and vendors.

Take Pride in Berlin Week: April 20-27, 2019

Berlin Clean-Up Day: Saturday, April 27 th  beginning at 8:30 am
Volunteer to help clean up or beautify one of our parks or areas throughout town. Free lunch provided afterwards. New activities and incentives this year: Comcast Cares Day, Backyard Buffer tree giveaway, and pollinator gardens at Berlin Falls Park. For more information, see below or c lick here.

Upcoming Mayor and Council Meetings :
Monday, April 8th at 7 PM
Monday, April 22nd at 7 PM

Upcoming Board and Commission Meetings : Please click here.
News and Press Releases
Keeping the Waters Low AND Clean
Join the Town and Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) on Thursday, April 11th for a community meeting to learn about the latest effort to reduce flooding and improve water quality in one of our wetter neighborhoods. With a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Town will be transforming a vacant lot at the corner of Graham Avenue and Old Ocean City Boulevard into a “submerged gravel wetland” to capture and filter stormwater before it enters the storm drains and makes it way to the Coastal Bays. Representatives from the Town, MCBP and EA Engineering will explain and answer questions about the new project to local residents, businesses and the general public at 6 p.m. on April 11 th at the Berlin Activities Depot at 10008 Old Ocean City Blvd (just across Graham Avenue from the project site). So mark your calendars and we’ll see you next month! For more information, contact Steve Farr at Maryland Coastal Bays Program at or 410-213-2297.
Saturday, April 27th, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Comcast is partnering with the Berlin Parks Commission and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling for Comcast Cares Day at Berlin Clean-Up Day. Sign up online or at Stephen Decatur Park on the 27th to be counted. Free t-shirt while supplies last.
The Maryland Forestry Service will also hold its Backyard Buffer tree giveaway. Bundles of trees will be available on a first-come-first-served basis to any Worcester County landowner; those living near streams, creeks or ditches especially are encouraged to plant. 
Pre-register by April 26 th by emailing Mary Bohlen at mbohlen@berlinmd.go v or call 410-641-4314 to reserve your bundle. 
Tennis Anyone?
Drop-In Tennis Program
Worcester County Recreation and Parks is partnering with the Town of Berlin to hold Adult Drop-in Tennis starting Wednesday, April 3rd.

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