Havre de Grace's water and sewer fund remains in financial trouble as city officials and Water and Sewer Commission members look for ways to raise enough revenue to operate the municipal utilities and pay down a $27 million debt incurred to expand the wastewater treatment plant.
Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty warned of "the most challenging budget of my administration" for fiscal year 2015 and said he expects to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent, as suggested by a city commission.
With significantly less development and growth than anticipated in Havre de Grace, Mayor Wayne Dougherty has recommended a minimum increase of 15 percent in water and sewer rates to ensure the health of the city's water and sewer fund in the coming 2015 fiscal year.
In reference to all the information provided about the Economic Development Policy, I submit the following from my committee, The Citizens of Harford County Watchdog Committee, an organization for fiscal responsibility and representative government in all matters of governmental fiduciary accountability, regarding economic development.
The two travel plazas on I-95 north of Baltimore will be rebuilt and operated by a private company that will share revenue with the state under a plan approved Monday by the Maryland Transportation Authority board.
Auditors have raised doubts about First Mariner Bancorp's ability to remain in business, according to financial statements that the largest Baltimore-based bank founded by prominent businessman Edwin F. Hale Sr. filed with regulators late Thursday.