By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Washington County's delegation in the Maryland General Assembly is seeking forgiveness of $4.83 million in water and sewer loans owed by the county, despite the skepticism of some lawmakers and warnings from state officials that it cannot be done.
On Friday the eight-member delegation sent a letter to Gov. Parris N. Glendening formally asking for help in dealing with some of the county's $53 million water and sewer debt. It specifically named six construction projects that were "all mandated by the state of Maryland to protect the health of the affected citizens."
"We have nothing to lose but to ask and try," said Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.
Ever since the commissioners first offered a debt-forgiveness proposal last year, there was skepticism from lawmakers who said forgiving debt would set a dangerous precedent in the state. If the state helps one county, they asked, what would stop others for asking for similar help?