The Hagerstown city administrator's proposed $73 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 includes funds for the fairgrounds property, homeownership programs and neighborhood improvements.
Highlights of the proposed budget include:
- $6 million to improve the sewer plant off Frederick Street.
- $1.6 million to prepare the 68-acre Hagerstown Fairgrounds for development. Whether and what recreational facilities would be ready in spring 1999 still not been determined.
- $1.5 million to buy land for two new business parks. One possible site for a new commercial and office park could be near Interstate 81. City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman would not reveal sites being considered for a new industrial park.
- $1.5 million to improve the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant near Williamsport.
- $1.4 million to finish upgrades to the police communication and software systems.
- $934,000 to continue improving the sewage-collection system in the North End. Work is expected to begin this spring.