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County commision briefs

April 02, 2003|by TARA REILLY

Commissioners OK water, sewer rate hike


The Washington County Commissioners voted to increase water and sewer rates Tuesday after a public hearing that drew no public comment.

The rate increases will take effect in fiscal year 2004, which begins on July 1.

The average residential sewer customer will see an increase of 3.3 percent, or $3.20 per quarter. Their bills would increase from $96.60 to $99.80 per quarter, Murray said.

Water rates will increase by $3 per quarter for the average residential customer, raising their bills from $106.60 to $109.60 per quarter.

The average residential rates for water and sewer are considered to be 12,000 gallons per quarter, county officials said.

Commissioner John C. Munson was the only commissioner to vote against the increases.




Sheriff's Department to replace cruisers


The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the Sheriff's Department to purchase 12 replacement cruisers.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said each Crown Victoria will cost about $22,000. The cars will be purchased through a state contract, county officials said.

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Commissioner John C. Munson was the only commissioner to vote against the purchases, saying the county was getting "ripped off."

Munson said the county could find cheaper cars at local dealerships.

"All it is is a dual exhaust and a souped up engine," Munson said. "What a waste of money."

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