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How sewer rates will change

May 14, 1997

The base rate and volume rate for residential sewer customers will rise 5 percent July 1 unless the Washington County Commissioners change their minds.

The rate for residential sewer customers will be $62.84 a quarter, up from $59.85. The volume rate will be $4.06 per 1,000 gallons over 6,000 gallons in a quarter, up from $3.87.

The base rate for large commercial customers will increase from $82.35 to $89.15 a quarter, and the volume rate will rise from $6.34 per 1,000 gallons to $7.20.

Both rates for small commercial customers will rise 5 percent. The base rate will be $62.84, up from $59.85, and the volume rate will be $5.60 per 1,000 gallons, up from $5.33.

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An example of a large commercial user would be Valley Mall or Staples, according to county staff members. A small commercial user would include stores such as 7-Eleven.

Customers whose sewage is treated by Hagerstown but whose sewer lines are owned by the county would pay the county $40 per quarter per household, up from $38.

Williamsport and Smithsburg would pay $3.27 per 1,000 gallons. The towns, which own their own sewer lines but pay the county for treatment, have refused to pay the county rate of $3.16 per 1,000 gallons for this year.

The towns have been paying the old rate of $1.52 per 1,000 gallons plus a $2,696 monthly fee each while both sides negotiate the dispute.

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