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There are two new members on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

Governor Larry Hogan appointed John Palmer and Joseph Ollinger to take over the seats of former members Marvin Blye and Larry Dodd.

The board’s vice president Donald Fitzgerald has been reappointed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both Palmer and Ollinger are strong backers of the property tax revenue cap limiting the rates residents have to pay.

In addition, Ollinger lost his bid as a Republican candidate for County Executive against Rick Pollitt by 3 percent.

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Wicomico is mourning the loss of Gary Pusey found of his Quality Cars dealership in Fruitland.

The 64 year old was well known in the community and lived in Fruitland.

Former County Executive Rick Pollitt told the Salisbury Daily Times that Pusey was a pillar of the community and leading business man in the region.

Pusey began working at the age of 14 helping out at a ford dealership.

Later on he established his own dealership which became known as Gary Pusey’s Quality Cars.

His two sons now run the business.

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Incoming Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says there’s no truth to the rumor that he will be cleaning house when he takes office.

He added that he hopes to keep everyone right now.

Culver becomes the second County Executive after defeating Democrat Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county attorney Edgar Baker says Culver has six months to make appointments to the county’s ten departments.

Culver said that his transition team will be speaking with various department heads to talk about the issues that they feel they currently face.

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It was a good night for Republicans on Tuesday.

Larry Hogan beat the odds by besting Democrat Anthony Brown by a vote of 54 percent to 44 percent to become the only the second Republican since Spiro Agnew to ascend to the governor’s chair in Maryland.

Hogan beat back Brown’s attempt to be the first Maryland Lt. Gov. to succeed to the office and the first African American to hold the office Maryland.

During the campaign the Republican had battered Brown over tax hikes and the flawed rollout of the state’s health exchange.

Voters Go to the Polls

Nov 4, 2014
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Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

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A number of local candidates are expected to show up on the campus of Salisbury University today.

They will be joined by students in the University’s Red Square.

The candidates include Republican Addie Eckardt in District 37 for the state senate and Democratic candidate Judy Davis for District 38C in the House of Delegates.  

In addition, incumbent Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and County council candidate John Cannon are also expected to be on hand.

The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will be open to the public.

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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.

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Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt says he would like to get together with Salisbury City officials at Salisbury University Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution to hammer out a new fire-service agreement.

The old agreement expired four years ago but the Salisbury fire department still responds to fire and medical calls in parts of the county.

At issue is the city demand that the county come up with more cash for its services.

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A property tax hike could be coming to Wicomico County in the 2015 fiscal year.

County Executive Rick Pollitt says that with the budget he is reviewing for the next fiscal year a three cent hike is needed just to break even.

The revenue cap would provide an extra penny.

WBOC reports that one of the key concerns is coming up with enough money for road maintenance since the state took away a great majority of their assistance.

In addition, Pollitt says he wants to put more money into education.

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Wicomico County Sheriff  Mike Lewis could be getting a raise after all.

The County Council voted 4-to-2 yesterday to recommend giving Lewis the raise.

That recommendation now goes to County Executive Rick Pollitt where Lewis’s salary would rise by $10-thousand to $95-thousand a year.

The vote came after a change of heart by council member John Hall  who originally opposed the pay bump.

Opponents like Joe Holloway said they based their votes on the ailing economy when the proposal was defeated in February.

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How to preserve the rural nature of Wicomico County.

That was focus of the first day of a mediation roundtable yesterday organized by County Executive Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that until the county has a development tier map for the Maryland Department of Planning no housing subdivisions larger than seven lots can be legally built.

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Plans for a transfer trash station in Fruitland would move it from the original proposed location.

It could now be going a bit further down the road to Walnut Tree Road just south of Upper Ferry Road.

There has been a search since November when a group of residents appealed to the Wicomico County Council decided not to approve plans for the transfer station.

Residents complained that it would decrease property values and expressed concern about noise and trash and dust on their lawns.

 

The Wicomico County Council will make its annual trek outside its usual chambers to get public input on the local government’s budget.

Council President Joe Holloway told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expected a strong presence from the Board of Education and local residents.

In years past the public hearing has lasted hours with many coming up to the microphones to voice their concerns.

Last year the meeting drew 75 people with a contentious debate over the proposed 5-cent increase in property tax rate.

 

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up the 2013 fiscal year budget on Tuesday night after a two week delay.

Among the cuts the County  liability for pensions that should produce a $767,000 savings.

The County Executive was given a delay in presenting the budget to assess the impact of the state’s budget problems.   

 

            Maryland’s Lower Shore is not likely to see a ban on burning this summer with forecasters predicting temperatures moving closer to normal.

            AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson told the Salisbury Daily Times that this is despite the fact that the area is experiencing unseasonably weather…and slight drought conditions.

            So far this year he said there has been 6.6 inches of rain which is normal for this time of year.