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County schedules public hearings on water, sewer rates, budget

April 19, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Washington County Commissioners will hold two public hearings Tuesday during their weekly meeting.

Also, a public hearing on the county's fiscal 2009 budget has been rescheduled again, this time back to its original date of May 13.

· On Tuesday at 1 p.m., there will be a public hearing on the proposed water and sewer rates for fiscal 2009, which starts July 1.

Under the proposed increase, the average residential customer who uses 12,000 gallons of water per quarter would pay $4.50 more per quarter in fiscal 2009. That means the quarterly water bill for the average residential customer would rise from $122.80 to $127.30.

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Also, the average customer's sewer bills would increase by $4.06 per quarter, from $111.34 to $115.40.

At 1:15 p.m., the commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed rental fees at Hagerstown Regional Airport. Under that proposal, monthly hangar fees would rise 4.5 percent.

· The public hearing on Washington County's fiscal 2009 budget will be May 13 at 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

On Tuesday, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray announced that the hearing had been moved to May 20 to allow the County Commissioners time to finish reviewing the budget draft for fiscal 2009, which begins in July.

But that decision was reversed Thursday after the county was able to schedule its final budget presentations in time to keep the original date, Murray said.

Preliminary drafts of the fiscal 2009 operating budget project $206.9 million in spending.

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