County cuts capital budget

March 03, 1998|By STEVEN T. DENNIS

County cuts capital budget

Washington County's draft capital budget for next year has been pared down to $13.4 million.

An earlier version of the capital budget came in at $15.8 million, but the County Commissioners directed the staff to make recommendations for cuts.

The largest cuts came in the Roads Department. A $1.29 million project to extend Halfway Boulevard toward Md. 63 was delayed a year and the repaving program was cut from $1.2 million to $750,000.

The commissioners added $50,000 to the budget to pay for softball fields and restrooms at Kemps Mill. The county-owned Kemps Mill ground is a buffer for the Washington County Rubble Landfill north of Williamsport.


In this version, the general fund contributes $2.26 million to the draft budget, down from $3.68 million in the first draft. The $2.26 million includes $1.2 million from a budget surplus in 1997 and $1.07 million from new funds.

The cost of an upgrade to the Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant to reduce nutrient pollution dropped from $1.16 million to $500,000.

The cuts were made in a budget work session last Thursday.

The commissioners also agreed to spend an extra $389,000 on various equipment for the Roads Department this budget year, which ends June 30.

The equipment includes:

* $23,500 for an automated control system for refueling stations.

* an $18,000 computerized system to make road signs.

* two $28,000 3/4 ton trucks.

* a $20,000 cargo van.

* a $28,000 12 passenger van.

* a $27,500 tractor/mower.

* $45,000 in truck attachments.

Cost of the equipment will be subtracted from the Roads Department's operating budget request for fiscal year 1999.

The equipment will be purchased through a surplus in highway user fund revenue. County Finance Director Debra Bastian said the state adjusted its formula for the fund, giving the county an extra $400,000.

Highway fund revenue comes from gas taxes and fees such as car registration fees, said Transportation Superintendent J. Theodore Wolford.

list of 1999 capital projects

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