by Lisa Tome
Two days after Rising Sun's budget was passed, Commissioner George Walker still hadn't seen it.
Walker, who oversees the town's water and sewer departments, is frustrated by the way the budget was handled this year.
"Since April I have been asked for budget meetings to be held," said Walker.
The other point of view, from Commissioners Allen Authenreath, Dave Warnick, and Jennifer Scully is that budget meetings weren't needed because they said the board "gets along" and budget talks are ongoing throughout the year.
The budget meetings were moved back more than once, first due to a power outage and reportedly again, after the budget wasn't finished last weekend.
The Town paid $480 each for Walker, Mayor Travis Marion, and town administrator Calvin Bonenberger to attend the Maryland Municipal League Convention classes. Bonenberger did not attend and that money was lost. Marion and Walker both went to Ocean City and were gone when the Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30 budget meetings were held. The budget was passed Tuesday evening. The mayor participated during the first meeting via video chat. Walker said he wasn't offered that opportunity.
One of Walker's biggest issues with this budget is the pay raise that Bonenberger will receive. "I think he's overpaid to begin with," said Walker.
Lewis George has worked as Elkton's town administrator, serving the town's approximately 15,500 people since January 1992. He earns $105,835 annually. George also had prior service with town before being named administrator.
Bonenberger has served Rising Sun's 2,781 residents since May 2007. As of last week, he will be paid just over $113,000 per year. Walker said he was opposed to the percentage raises and instead, wanted to increase town staff salaries by a dollar amount each pay.