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Garrett officials defer action on water, sewer plan

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:21 am

OAKLAND — The Garrett County commissioners voted Tuesday to table a decision on service area boundaries of the county’s water and sewer master plan, suggesting that more specific notifications regarding potential ad valorem tax rates be given to customers and that other details be clarified.

“I’d really like to have a little more time to understand this thing and make sure the public understands this thing,” said Commissioner James Raley.

 Customers in the Keysers Ridge area, whose well water was contaminated by salt from state property, will be most affected by the tax rate, Raley said. Those residents could pay about 43 cents more for service.

“Who knows what’s going to happen to them. Are they going to be required to hook up? Are they going to be paying ad valorems for something the state did to harm their property  — (that’s) government at its worst,” said Raley. “I don’t think that those people should have to pay for the system at all. You (state) poisoned people’s water supplies and now you want them to pay to fix this.”  


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