Washington County Unanimously Approves $304.7 Million Budget for FY 2016

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Washington County Commissioners unanimously approved a $304.7 million budget for FY 2016, holding the line on taxes for the 16th year in a row. As reported by the Hagerstown Herald-Mail,

After two small adjustments, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the budgets totaling $304.7 million, including a balanced general fund at $206.5 million.

The overall budget — made up of operating, capital and other enterprise funds — increased by 2.3 percent from the current year, or about $6.8 million, with general fund revenues increasing by 1 percent, about $2.05 million, thanks to rebounding property and income-tax revenues, county officials have said.

As in past years, the majority of the county’s overall budget goes toward education, public safety and infrastructure projects.

Fiscal 2016, which begins July 1, would be the 16th straight budget that holds the property tax rate steady at 94.8 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Commissioners also voted to approve water and sewer rate adjustments. The increased revenue will be used to fund long-range financial plans for the water and sewer systems.

For a residential customer using 12,000 gallons, water and sewer costs will increase by $9.65 per quarter.

Individually, water rates for residential users are set to increase by 3 percent, an increase of $4.67, and sewer rates by 3.5 percent, or $4.98.