Elkton Town Hall, July 21, 2010 — A few days ago the county commissioners approached Elkton’s elected officials to ask if they could get some relief on nearly $500,000 in building permits and utility hook ups fees related to expansion of the detention center. Of those charges, $384,750 was for the major utility fund. The county suggested they would pay for all the permits, but proposed the town cut the utility hook-up fee in half. That would reduce revenue for that fund by $192,375. In this evening’s meeting Mayor Fisona counter proposed, saying that the town would defer collecting 50% of the utility fund (nearly $200,000) for two years after construction while collecting the other revenue now. The Elkton board thought the counter proposal was a good idea, so they’re going to see if that alternative is satisfactory to Cecil County.
In the meeting, the mayor indicated the town would defer collection of one-half of the maj0r utility fund fee and said “we’ll see what happens.” We’ve followed up this morning and through a FOIA request acquired the letter that was sent to the county since it provides more insight on what the town is counter-proposing.
When the mayor said, “We’ll see what happens” here is what he was referring to. The water usage at the detention center will be monitored for expected water conservation efficiencies. Following the two year period, the town will evaluate water usage at the facility to determine if any additional major facilities charge are warranted beause of an additional burden on the municipal system.