By STEVEN T. DENNIS
It's official: Washington County water and sewer rates will go up July 1.
The average residential customer will pay $9.36 more a year for water and $16.52 more for sewer. The rate hikes, approved by the County Commissioners Tuesday, were the same as those proposed at a public hearing
Commissioners Vice President John S. Shank, who voted for the rates last month, voted against the rate hike.
He said after the meeting that he didn't oppose the increase. He said he voted no because Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook was not at the meeting and he felt the vote should be in front of the full board.
"Maybe that's not a good enough reason to vote no," he said.
Commissioners James R. Wade, Ronald L. Bowers and R. Lee Downey voted for the rate hikes.
Wade had voted no last month, saying the rates were not high enough to help address the county's $56 million water and sewer debt.