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Town hall gives voters look at amendments

Who can vote, who can run for the board of directors and who shall be considered the property owner of record are the headline topics of one of the more important Ocean Pines Association town halls to be held in some time. On Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., this public hearing will cover more than… Read more »

Letter to the Editor

Heron Park project preference Editor, (This letter was recently sent to the Berlin mayor and council members and forwarded to Bayside Gazette). After reviewing both proposals for Heron Park, I would like to share with you my thoughts and recommendation. The Gillis Gilkerson project has appeal only in the fact that it would not require… Read more »

Reappraisal depends on land use outlook

The Town of Berlin’s cautious quest for the right balance between growth, prosperity and the preservation of its small- town charm has placed it in more than one unusual situation in recent years. Now, it occupies that same territory as it endeavors to free itself of the debt incurred by its purchase of the Heron… Read more »

School mask decision moving to local board

The Worcester County Board of Education, like every other school board in the state, is waiting for the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review to approve the state Board of Education’s decision to end the public school mask mandate. The 20-member review committee, which ensures that proposed regulations don’t run afoul… Read more »

Constant Yield Rate: what is it, anyway?

It’s that time of year again, when local governments start throwing around numerous property tax rates and revenue projections based on what’s known as the constant yield rate. The term and the rate come from the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, which decided several decades ago that constant yield rate is a more precise… Read more »

Public needs to pay attention to budget

With Berlin’s water and wastewater utilities continuing to fall far short of breaking even, and a cash reserve that needs big-time bolstering, the public process of hashing out the town’s budget for the new fiscal year takes on greater importance. Property owners — i.e. taxpayers — should acquaint themselves with the town’s fiscal facts now… Read more »