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Hagerstown water rates could go up

$163.3 million budget proposal presented to City Council

$163.3 million budget proposal presented to City Council

April 02, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Customers of the City of Hagerstown's water and wastewater services could see an increase in user fees, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman told the City Council on Tuesday.

The announcement was part of Zimmerman's 30-minute presentation to the council that pointed out highlights of the city's proposed $163.3 million budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09.

If the council approves the budget later this year, the rates for water and wastewater would increase about $4.01 per quarter for customers who live inside the city and roughly $8.54 per quarter for out-of-town customers, Zimmerman said.

Those rates are based on 13,000 gallons of usage.

He said the rate increase, among other things, would help pay for technology upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant.

The proposed budget also calls for hiring two police officers and maintaining the property tax rate at 79.8 cents per every $100 of assessed value.

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Zimmerman said the proposed budget is about a 3.5 percent increase over the $157.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2007-08.

Other highlights included brief discussions on the following capital improvement projects:

· Eastern Boulevard widening

· Jonathan Street reconstruction project

· New West End water storage facilities

· Upgrade at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and Dual Highway

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