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Fire company to get water, sewer credit in lump sum

October 12, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. will continue to receive a credit on its water and sewer bill, but the credit will become a lump sum $2,000 annual credit, Town Council members decided Monday night.

The issue arose because of the town's sewer rate increase.

Sewer charges were based on 75 percent of water charges. Starting in July, sewer charges are based on 160 percent of water charges.

The fire company has been getting a quarterly $500 credit, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.

With the steep rate increase, the fire company is facing a bill of more than $500 this quarter, even though the company's usage decreased, Haynes said.

Assistant Mayor Paul Crampton Jr. asked council members if they wanted to increase the quarterly credit.

Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott said she couldn't see giving the fire company a greater credit when town residents also were dealing with the sewer rate increase.

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Instead, council members decided to make the credit a lump sum.

If the fire department were to have a quarterly bill of less than $500, it wouldn't use the full quarterly credit, Crampton said. An annual credit might serve the company better, he said.

Councilman Robert D. Rodgers Jr. abstained from the vote because he said he serves on the fire department's board.

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