By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Washington County Commissioners gave about 100 Cavetown sewer customers a break on their sewer hookup fees at their meeting Tuesday.
Cavetown residents had been told that they would have to pay $3,750 each for the hookups. Instead, on a recommendation from county staff members, the commissioners voted to set the fee at $2,750, despite the fact that most Cavetown connections will require grinder pumps that cost $2,805 each.
For all new hookups elsewhere in the county, the hookup fee will be $2,750 plus the cost of any mechanical equipment required, including grinder pumps.
County Commissioner R. Lee Downey voted against the reduction. "It just seems when you're paying $2,805 for the grinder pump and you're charging $2,750 you're not getting anything for (the treatment plant).