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Town Council votes to hike fees next year

December 12, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

FUNKSTOWN - Rate increases for garbage services, and sewer and water services, could ring in the new year for Funkstown residents.

The Town Council voted Monday to introduce sewer and water rate increases that would help pay for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, town attorney Robert E. Kuczynski said. At its meeting, the council also voted to approve a state bond ordinance for as much as $2.2 million to help cover the cost of the new facility.

To get the money from the state for the wastewater treatment plant, Kuczynski said the town has to raise its rates.

"Basically, they in effect said if you didn't do it, they weren't going to do it," Kuczynski said.

The garbage rate increases, which are not related to the wastewater treatment plant, are needed to break even, Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said.

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The new quarterly water rates for in-town users of 6,000 gallons or more would be $4.48 per 1,000 gallons, plus fixed charges of $34.07. The new quarterly sewer rates for the same usage levels would be $8.73 per 1,000 gallons of water, plus fixed charges of $62.05, according to figures provided by Kuczynski. Out-of-town users would pay even more, and the rates would increase again in 2008, the figures show.

Garbage fees would be $25 a quarter, according to the information provided.

Kuczynski, who filled in as town clerk in the absence of Town Clerk/Treasurer/Tax Collector Brenda L. Haynes, said the council could vote to approve the rate increases at its Jan. 8 meeting. The increases would go into effect in February, he said.

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