Kensington is preparing a budget for the next fiscal year with an increase in spending proposed for roads and streetlights.
The town of Kensington has proposed an operating budget of less than $1.8 million for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
The proposed total is up 6 percent from the current year’s operating budget, which is almost $1.7 million.
The town also plans to spend $740,000 on capital improvement projects next year, up from this year’s $370,000.
Part of the increase in the fiscal 2015 CIP budget is due to a street reconstruction and renovation program whose budget was increased from $210,000 in fiscal 2014 to $500,000 in fiscal 2015. A streetlight acquisition and replacement project also saw an increase, from $5,000 to $50,000.
Next year, officials have also recommended budgeting $35,000 for a roof and gutter replacement project at Town Hall.
The real property tax rate is proposed to remain the same at 13.6 cents for every $100 of assessed value.
The town of Kensington is home to more than 2,000 people and more than 900 businesses, according to its website, and maintains seven parks.
A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled during a Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. April 14. People also may submit comments to Mayor.Council@tok.md.gov.
More information about the budget is available at tok.md.gov/town-business/budget or by calling Town Hall at 301-949-2424.