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Sharpsburg council adopts new budget

May 03, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members voted 4-0 on Monday night to adopt a $177,597 budget, which includes a $60 annual credit for water and sewer customers.

This will be the fourth year the town has subsidized water and sewer bills for its residents, helping to cushion the blow of increasing costs. The increases are related to Washington County's water, sewer and pretreatment debt, which is now an estimated $53 million.

The budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 calls for a $29,707 deficit, which would be covered by reserve funds.

The budget includes $30,000 for park and recreation improvements, of which most will be spent on new playground equipment.

The council voted 4-0 to spend up to $20,000 on playground equipment aimed at children ages 8 to 12, said Vice Mayor Sidney Gale. The Parks Committee originally planned to buy equipment costing almost $18,000, but Gale found a Martinsburg, W.Va., vendor selling better equipment for about $18,800.

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The new equipment features a variety of slides and is about12 feet high at its highest point, Gale said. Little League officials are expected to install the equipment at the town park. Delivery of the equipment could take a month.

Gale and council members Ralph Hammond, Denise Troxell and Hal Spielman voted to approve the budget.

Council members Russ Weaver and Patti Hammond were absent.

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