ANNAPOLIS - Legislative maneuvering could delay for at least several months construction of a new Washington County District Court building in downtown Hagerstown, lawmakers said Tuesday.
Construction was scheduled to begin a year from now.
Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, said House of Delegates leaders were considering setting aside only about $900,000 in the budget year that begins July 1 for the nearly $6 million project.
That would be enough for demolition and site preparation, but the state would need to come up with the bulk of the project funds in future budgets, she said.
Hecht, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said several lawmakers have noted that most of the $5.3 million proposed for the project in Gov. Parris N. Glendening's 1998-99 capital budget doesn't need to be spent until the following budget year, and could be used on other projects in the meantime.