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Williamsport briefs

March 13, 2012

WILLIAMSPORT — Revenue shortfall looms
The town of Williamsport probably will face a $161,000 revenue shortage this year, Mayor James G. McCleaf II said during a Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night.
The shortage, which is mainly tied to property assessments in a struggling economy, will play a big role in the upcoming budget, McCleaf said.
McCleaf said a preliminary budget will probably be finalized next month, and then council members can “go from there.”

Hagerstown to charge Williamsport more for water
The city of Hagerstown is expected to increase water rates to the town of Williamsport by about 6.43 percent, town officials said during a Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night.
Town officials are not anticipating passing the entire rate increase on to town residents, Town Clerk Donnie Stotelmyer said after the meeting.

Meeting set on power plant shutdown
Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II is scheduled to meet with U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Thursday afternoon to talk about how the R. Paul Smith Power Station along the Potomac River will be shut down.
Other people expected to be at the 3 p.m. meeting in town hall include a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., and two representatives from FirstEnergy, according to Town Clerk Donnie Stotelmyer, who will also attend.
FirstEnergy announced Jan. 26 that it will close the R. Paul Smith Power Station because of the cost of complying with federal environmental regulations that go into effect in 2015.
McCleaf said previously he wanted to make sure the plant is properly closed down and is not allowed to deteriorate as the defunct Municipal Electric Light Plant in Hagerstown did.

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— Dave McMillion

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