Funkstown residents upset about increased water bills

August 10, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

FUNKSTOWN - When Funkstown resident Jeff Cooper asked Monday at the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council meeting if anyone's "been complaining about their water bills," he was met with laughter.

The town has received numerous complaints since the town council voted last year to increase sewer prices by more than double the rates at the time, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes explained.

The town council voted for the increase to pay for a state required new town wastewater treatment plant.

Haynes said so far, the town has received $1.4 million in state and federal grants to put toward the estimated $2.5 million project. A date for construction to begin has not been set, she said.

"It's tough," Cooper said of receiving high water bills. "Is it going to keep going like this?"

The town's goal, Haynes said, is to decrease the water bills by 20 percent.

"I hope you guys are working really hard on that," Cooper said.


The town council assured him that Haynes and Town Secretary Kelli Roser have been spending all of their time on the project.

"This project's gonna be my full-time job," Haynes said.

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