Matt Holloway

Don Rush

Wicomico County has a new Director of Finance Leslie Lewis.

The appointment was approved yesterday by the Wicomico County Council but did not make a decision on a new director of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

County Executive Bob Culver fired the last finance director Gary Mackes after coming into office along with the Public Works director Lee Beauchamp.

The county executive’s decision to dismiss Mackes came as a surprise to some including the council vice president Matt Holloway.

A rift appears to be breaking between the new Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and some county council members over the firing of Lee Beauchamp who headed the county’s Public Works Department.

Council Vice President Matt Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was disappointed that Beauchamp was gone.

Holloway noted that Culver was listed as a reference for Beauchamp during his application to the county.

Culver said in also dismissing the Finance/Budget director Andrew Mackel he was taking a different.     

Don Rush

Property taxes will go up again for the fifth straight year for Wicomico county property owners under a $129 million budget.

On a vote of 5-to-2 yesterday the County Council approved a hike of 5 percent in its annual budget.

This will increase the rate by 43 cents to $9.52 for every $1-thousand of assessed property value.

The increase will go into effect July 1st and is needed to compensate for a decline of 2.5 percent in county property values.

There will be no pay raises for some Wicomico County Elected officials.

That was the decision this week by the Council as the county faced a $3.5 million shortfall at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.

Council President Matt Holloway told WBOC that there wasn’t enough support for the raises given the red ink.

Memo Diriker is director of Salisbury University’s Business Economic and Community Outreach Network and sits on the committee for recommending raises.

He said that it was not a good idea to keep compensation at the same level beyond 8 or 12 years.

Facing compliance with Maryland’s new law restricting septic systems the Wicomico County Council will send out around 7-thousand postcards asking landowners to donate their property for a new designation that limits development.

Newly elected council President Matt Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that many people he talked to did not even know about the septic bill.

But they won’t be sent out right away.

The Council wants to work out the wording get a better handle on how much it would cost and wait to send them out until after the holiday season.

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The Wicomico County Council is moving ahead with implementation of the state’s new septic law.

So, during this week’s meeting Council member Matt Holloway said he wants the county to ask those who own 42 or more acres to submit details about their property.

Holloway was focusing on those who fall into the Tier 4 designation under the state law that only allows for minor subdivisions of seven or fewer lots on septic systems.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this will allow the county to deal with the biggest hurdle before going on to define Tiers 1-through 3.