Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade said Thursday that a request for $2.7 million from the general fund budget to help offset the county's water and sewer debt might help keep customer rates low but it would take money from other areas.
When the county has to spend that much money to keep sewer and water rates down, it has less money for schools, roads and bridges, Wade said during a County Commisioners meeting to review the 1998-99 budget.
"That's the situation this community is in right now," Wade said.
Wade's comments came after the chairman of the Washington County Water and Sewer Advisory Commission requested $2.7 million for fiscal 1998-99 as part of the county's continuing effort to reduced its $53 million debt for its water, sewer and pretreatment plant operations.
The advisory commission also wants to increase sewer rates by 3 percent and water rates by 4 percent to help bring down the debt, according to chairman Clarence Scheer.