Residents' lawsuit fights fee use for water plant

May 24, 2002

A lawsuit that could affect how Carroll County finances a $16 million water treatment plant on Piney Run Lake in Sykesville will be heard in Carroll County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. today.

Several South Carroll residents, who oppose the project, filed the suit. They contend that the county cannot use water maintenance fees, paid by those using the public water system, to fund capital improvements such as the plant.

"The basis of the suit is that this type funding violates the state constitution," said Gerald J. Ryan, a Westminster businessman who is paying residents' legal fees. "The county is using water management fees collected in South Carroll for capital improvements."

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