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Two bill authorizations for education-related costs and central landfill project

(Feb. 1, 2019) The Worcester County Commissioners approved bond authorizations for three bills during public hearings last Tuesday:

Bill 18-8

The commissioners unanimously approved bond authorization for Bill 18-8, to finance part of the cost of the new Showell Elementary School. The county can borrow up to $38 million and the resolution is part of the five-year capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2020-2024, according to the bill.

Commissioner Chip Bertino moved to approve the authorization, which was seconded by Commissioner Jim Bunting. 

Bill 18-9

The commissioners approved bond authorization for a resolution to construct a running track and other athletic improvements for Stephen Decatur High School’s turf field. The project is part of the five-year capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2020-2024, according to the bill. The commissioners are able to borrow up to $1.4 million for the improvements.

Bunting moved to pass the bill and Commissioner Bud Church seconded the motion. The vote was 6-1, with Bertino dissenting.

“I’m being consistent,” Bertino said.

Bill 18-10

The commissioners also unanimously approved bond authorization for the central landfill site construction.

The commissioners can borrow up to $3.328 million in order to construct site number five, which aims to expand the landfill as “there is a public need,” according to the bill. The endeavor is part of the capital improvement plan for the fiscal years 2019-2023.

Bunting moved to approve and Church provided a second to the motion. 

No community members chose to participate in the public hearing for any of the bills.

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