WASHINGTON -- Lack of flow control authority forced Prince George's County, Md., to seek and win for the first time voter approval to issue about $60 million in general obligation bonds to finance solid waste management facilities.

In the past, the county financed such facilities with revenue bonds, which do not require voter support. But a Supreme Court ruling last May struck down the flow control authority that localities such as Prince George's County relied on to ensure a revenue stream to back the bonds.

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