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Council OKs $155,270 budget

July 08, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

The Sharpsburg Town Council approved a $155,270 budget on Monday night that includes a subsidy for Washington County water and sewer customers in the town.

Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond and Council members Patti Hammond, Marjorie Jamison and Jeffery Saylor approved the budget. Council members Russ Weaver and J.W. Eichelberger were absent from the regular monthly council meeting at Town Hall.

Budgeted expenses for the new fiscal year, which began July 1, are $8,407 more than budgeted revenues.

The town has ample reserves to cover the difference, Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said.

The budget includes $18,000 for the water and sewer subsidy. This will be the eighth consecutive fiscal year the town has provided a water and sewer subsidy to residents. Town officials started the subsidy to help residents absorb the cost of dramatic water and sewer rate increases.

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Town residents should notice the annual credit on their summer sewer bill, town officials said.

The budget's biggest expense is trash pickup and disposal, including the spring brush pickup, for $27,000, Mayor Hal Spielman said. The spring brush pickup cost more than $800, he said.

The budget also includes $3,000 each for the town's fire company and ambulance company, and $9,000 for the Memorial Day parade and Sharpsburg Heritage Festival, Spielman said.

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