Friday, April 15, 2011

Upcoming! from Jimmy Tarlau

Public Hearing on  Budget and Tax Rate  - Tuesday April 19th at 7 PM
There will be a public hearing on  next year’s  budget and tax rate this Tuesday April 19th at 7 PM.  The Mayor and Council are proposing that the tax rate stay the same:  at $.79 per $100 of assessments.  The city property tax  for a house assessed at $250,000 is $1,975.  (The overall tax rate for all (City, County, Park and Planning, etc.) property taxes is about $2 per $100 of assessments.)
We have had a number of work sessions on next year’s budget and have made only a few changes in what was originally proposed to us by the City Manager and City Treasurer.  We have changed a few of the revenue estimates to more accurately reflect what we believe we will be getting in as income, we added $6,500 for community activities (Farmers Market, House Tour, and Neighborhood Watch Program) and moved $53,500 into a contingency fund for possible cost of living raises to our City’s employees and other possible unforeseen expenses.  We are maintaining all our essential services. We are taking $400,000 out of our reserves but will still have a healthy $1.2 million at the end of the fiscal year.
Come to the meeting and let us know what you think about the City’s budget and tax rate.
New Restaurants Open On Route 1
The first restaurants/food shops opened on Route 1 in Hyattsville at the Arts District development just north of Franklin’s.  The first restaurants to open are Elevation Burger and Yogi Castle, a frozen yogurt store.  Elevation Burger which is on the corner of Kennedy Street and Baltimore Avenue specializes in organic, grass fed, free range beef.  They also have veggie and vegan burgers.
I am looking to the opening of some of the other stores which will include Busboys and Poets, Tara Thai, Chipotle and a Yes Organic Market.  It will be nice not to have more eating options in our area.
Mount Rainier Candidates Forum Next Wednesday April 20th 
There are three openings for Mount Rainier City Council this year.  There are two open seats in Ward 1 and Bill Updike and I are unopposed for the two vacancies (one for my four year term and the other to fill the rest of the term of former Councilwoman Alta Morton).  There are two candidates for the vacancy (Bryan Knedler is not running again) in Ward 2.  Brent Bolin and Adrienne Charles are running for that seat. 
There will be a candidates forum on Wednesday at 6:30 PM at the Nature Center (31st and Arundel).  All the candidates will be there to make statements and answer questions.  Come and find out what the candidates believe the Council should be doing over the next few years.
DC GlassWorks Open House This Saturday - 3:30-8:30 in Edmonston, MD 
It's easy to get there - take Alternate Route 1 (the bridge behind Franklin's) and turn at the light onto Decatur Street. Immediately after you cross the train tracks, turn left at the bottom of the incline onto 46th Avenue. Keep driving until you see the crowd (through a stop sign and around the bend.)

Come watch glassblowing demonstrations, talk to studio artists, and check out their glass and sculpture facilities. Work with one of the artists to make your own piece of glass and give glassblowing a try!  The Open House is family friendly, so bring the family and friends, and make a day of it. Light refreshments will be available.

Inspired Teens Program Starts in Mount Rainier 
Beginning Saturday April 30th the Mount Rainier Christian Church will be hosting a program for youth ages 12 – 17.   The program will include video games, ping pong, arts & crafts and homework help and tutoring.  For more information contact Pastor Brian Adams at 301-864-3869.  (Parents must attend with their children on the first visit to the program.) 

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