By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Washington County's budget surplus could reach $4 million this year depending on how the stock market performs, county officials said Thursday.
Washington County Finance Director Debra Bastian said that the county has a surplus of about $2.3 million so far in the 1998 budget year, which ends June 30. Bastian predicted a final surplus of between $2 million and $4 million, depending on the stock market.
"Just use $4 million," County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop told the Washington County Commissioners at a budget workshop Thursday.
County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers predicted the surplus would reach $5 million. Bowers said $3 million should be used to lower the county's borrowing in fiscal year 1999 from $6.5 million to $3.5 million, and the remaining $2 million could pay for general fund programs.