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State may help Clear Spring Library effort

January 26, 2000|By LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - The Clear Spring Library effort may get a $100,000 boost from state government, Del. Robert A. McKee said Wednesday.

Gov. Parris Glendening plans to add the money to his proposed budget later this legislative session, according to a letter McKee got from a state budget analyst.

"It sounds good," said McKee, R-Washington.

Citizens for a Clear Spring Library, who have been lobbying for state support, were happy to hear the news.

"That sounds terrific," said Isabelle Stottlemyer.

The citizens group, including several Clear Spring children, had written to Glendening, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and other elected officials.

Work on the 8,000-square-foot building near the Clear Spring school complex is expected to start this spring and be finished by November.

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The group has $300,000 from the Snyder Foundation, which is a local charity, and $200,000 from the Washington County Commissioners. They have been raising money locally, with a goal of $100,000.

Since the money appears to be coming from the governor's budget, the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly probably won't seek the money through the state's bond bill program.

The delegation already has $4.7 million in requests from local nonprofits. Legislators don't expect to get more than $500,000 of it this legislative session, which ends April 10.

Although the delegation hasn't decided which bond bill requests to pursue, it has all but ruled out the largest request of $2.5 million.

The Magnolia Foundation wants to use the money to buy and renovate a building for its headquarters.

"I don't think it's a legitimate use of bond bill funding," said Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington.

McKee said he plans to ask state budget officials to determine if it's appropriate.

The YMCA, Children's Village, the Humane Society, the Agricultural Education Center, the Red Cross and Police Athletic League have all asked for state money.

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