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Theater fees not waived

September 03, 1997

Hagerstown City Council members said Tuesday they would not waive a $6,890 water fee for bathroom renovations at the Maryland Theatre and are holding off on whether to give the theater a $5,000 contribution.

The fee includes connection charges and other costs.

If the city reimbursed the historic South Potomac Street theater for the fee it would come at the expense of city water customers or taxpayers, said City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner.

The city has never waived fees for water or sewer service, said Councilman William M. Breichner. Doing it now could set a precedent.

City officials also decided to check meeting minutes from last spring to determine whether they authorized a $5,000 charitable contribution be given, or only placed in the budget, for the theater.

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The check was to be sent this week, said City Finance Director Al Martin.

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