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Hancock residents likely to see hikes in sanitation, water and sewer bills

May 29, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Hancock residents would see a $15 increase in their quarterly sanitation bills — a hike town officials hope will help fund curbside recycling in town — and a 3 percent increase for water and sewer under a 2012-13 budget being considered by Hancock Town Council members.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the increase in the sanitation bill and the water and sewer rates is needed to adequately fund the two services.

Water and sewer rates, billed quarterly, have not gone up for at least six years, officials have said.

In-town rates are $26.20 for the first 6,000 gallons of water used and $24 for the first 6,000 gallons of wastewater, he said.

The charge for each additional 1,000 gallons for water and wastewater is $6, according to a list of municipal taxes and fees.

During a discussion on the budget during the May 9 town council meeting, council member Tim Smith said he thinks the council should consider adding another part-time officer to the Hancock Police Department to address staffing needs at the department.

Smith suggested hiring a part-time officer for about 20 hours a week.

Town Manager David D. Smith said the extra officer would cost between $18,000 and $25,000.

Town council members agreed to meet again on the budget Wednesday.

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