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County approves Program Open Space budget

May 10, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday approved the $987,592 Recreation and Parks Board Program Open Space budget, which has been endorsed by the Washington County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.

Most of the money for the fiscal 2001 program, about $840,632, comes from state Program Open Space funds, Planning Director Robert Arch said. The rest of the money comes from other sources, including local governments.

The program suggested by the advisory board called for the use of $664,632 in open space funds for development and $176,000 for acquisition expenses, he said.

The program includes $16,666 in open space funds for paving a parking lot at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds and $110,000 for expanding and repairing the Boonsboro High School running track, he said.

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Arch said that a project from the 2000 program, an auxiliary gymnasium at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, has gone over its budget. Last year the project was estimated to cost $291,500, of which $265,000 came from the program budget, he said.

That project is now estimated to cost $500,000, of which he suggests $397,000 come from the program budget, Arch said. The increase is partially due to the project needing to meet school standards, he said.

The Washington County Board of Education is spending $63,000 on the project and another $40,000 will come from contributions from Hancock town residents.

The commissioners agreed with a suggestion by Arch to do some cost-shifting, including using money left over from other projects, to pay the higher cost.

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