County Council Votes to Fund Replacement Water Meters and Installment Purchase Program Applications

Frederick, MD – The Frederick County Council met Tuesday evening to discuss and approve budget items and program applications.

The council approved adjustments for the Utilities and Solid Waste Management Division, approving $173,000 from the Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund to go towards the purchase and replacement of residential and non-residential water meters.

Six voted yes with one absent.

Also discussed at the meeting was the fiscal year 2020 Frederick County Installment Purchase Program Application which works to preserve farmland.

Land Preservation Program Administrator Anne Bradley said they received 27 applications encompassing 2,786 acres for FY 2020.

“We are asking you to consider 19 on about 2,300 acres this evening,” Bradley said. “9 of those 19 are within our priority preservation areas.”

Bradley said the program hopes to make first offers sometime this week.

The approved the application with six voting yes and one absent.

The council introduced a bill during the meeting to be heard later seeking to revise the Braddock Heights, Libertytown, and New Addition Electric Lighting District tax rates so that projected revenue covers projected costs.

By Timothy Young