Editorial - This plan's worth a look
Most of those who spoke at Wednesday night's public hearing on Washington County's budget could be dividied into two camps - those who wanted taxes raised and those who didn't. Only one speaker proposed a third way to do what everyone wanted - to fully fund the school budget while still putting several million dollars toward the county's water and sewer operations.
That speaker was former state delegate Paul Muldowney, who recently resigned from the county's Gaming Commission. He asked the commissioners to confirm that a tax increase wouldn't be necessary if they didn't have to use several million dollars of taxpayers' money to deal with the water/sewer crisis.
All sat silent and still, expect for Commissioner Jim Wade, who confirmed Muldowney's premise with a nod of his head. Then Muldowney proposed his plan, prefaced by a short reminder that proceeds from games of chance in Maryland are generally used for the benefit of the public.