By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Short on funds to pay its share of a state matching grant, officials representing the Washington County Agricultural Education Center asked state lawmakers Wednesday for more time to come up with the cash.
The center must raise about $250,000 by June 1 or risk losing part of a $350,000 state matching grant for construction of an agricultural history museum at the center, officials said.
A bill filed by the county delegation would extend that deadline to June of 1999.
"We are confident that we can meet that extension," Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, told the House Appropriations Committee.
John Staub, president of the agriculture center board, said the center is working to come up with its share of the funding. It has hired Richard Schukraft, a former county extension agent, to lead a fund-raising effort.