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Water, sewer, trash bills could increase

June 14, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Hagerstown residents could expect their bills for water, sewer and trash collection services to increase after a divided Hagerstown City Council agreed Tuesday during a special session to introduce motions for rate hikes.

"Our costs have gone up and we are basically doing an across-the-board increase of our rates," Finance Director Alfred Martin said.

The water increase represents a 3.5 percent hike, he said.

Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer voted against all three rate increases, while Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean opposed the new water and sewer rates.

The cost of trash collection will be $37.50 per quarter, or $12.50 per month, according to information provided to the council.

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The city is passing on a $5 tipping fee increase to refuse collection customers, Martin said.

The sewer and water rate increases would cost the average user of 13,000 gallons of water $17.12 more per year, according to figures provided by Martin.

Users of city water who live outside Hagerstown will pay even more.

Around Smithsburg, customers can expect their Oct. 1 bills to reflect a 10 percent increase, Town Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said. Funkstown has passed an 8 percent increase to help cover Hagerstown's proposed increases, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.

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