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Candidate Wivell says county schools are adequately funded.

September 02, 2002

Editor's note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Tomorrow: J. Herbert Hardin




William J. Wivell
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Manager of regulatory services at Allegheny Energy

Republican
49 E. Water St., Smithsburg




1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

Given the county's wealth ranking (16th in the state) and the county's median household income ($40,617, also 16th in the state), Wivell said he believes the county adequately funds the Board of Education. Even though enrollment has remained relatively constant, the average annual increase for each of the past four years has exceeded 8 percent, he said.

2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

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Wivell said he does not support a fire and rescue tax at this time. The county has increased the amount of money it gives to the volunteer fire and rescue companies and can consider help with fund-raising efforts so that more individuals and businesses will donate, he said.

3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

Absolutely not, Wivell said. The stadium should be paid for by private investors the same way the Hagerstown Speedway, the dragway or any other amusement park is built.

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where should the money come from?

Wivell said he has asked Maryland State Police for more staffing at the Hagers-town barrack. "It's just another instance where the state has ignored Western Maryland and let the obligation fall to the local level," he said.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

Wivell framed five issues that he believes are most important in the upcoming election: Debt management; economic development; education; fiscal responsibility and accountability; and water, sewer and pretreatment issues. All are important in the effective operation of the county, he said.

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