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William J. Wivell, Republican

For Washington County Commissioner

For Washington County Commissioner

July 13, 2006

In what has become the trademark of his eight years as a Washington County Commissioner, William J. Wivell is seeking a third term to continue his push for controlled spending and lower debt.

Wivell, 42, of Smithsburg, is currently vice president of the board. He has served on the commission since 1998.

Wivell, a Republican, has loudly criticized the commissioners over votes on spending during his eight years in office. Most recently, he voted against the county's operating and capital budgets, over disagreements about spending.

He said the budgets, which three of the commissioners approved, called for too much borrowing. This, despite growth generating more revenue for the county, he said.

"We've got more money coming in to the county than we've ever had, and yet we're also borrowing more," said Wivell, a certified public accountant.

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While he disagrees with the fiscal direction of the county, Wivell said the commissioners have done a good job paying for education over the past four years.

Wivell said the current board of commissioners has strengthened the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO), which,in part,determines whether a school is adequate to handle growth. If not, a developer must reach an agreement with the county over how to resolve the adequacy issue, which might mean paying for additional classrooms or new schools.

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