Science center to ask $500,000 for project
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
Discovery Station officials may ask Hagerstown and Washington County governments for as much as $500,000 to help pay for the $1.4 million project, Discovery Station Treasurer Dave Barnhart said Tuesday.
Barnhart said, however, the amount ultimately requested from the city and county could change.
Speaking before a joint meeting of the Hagerstown City Council and Washington County Commissioners, Barnhart said the current funding plan for the interactive science center calls for receiving $375,000 from the state, $25,000 from the Washington County Gaming Commission, $500,000 from the private sector and about $500,000 from "local government."
Neither the state nor the Gaming Commission have acted on the funding requests.
A private fund-raising campaign has not begun. Barnhart said so far the group has $6,000 in private contributions.
"A lot of things are pending," Barnhart said.
Barnhart did not ask the city or county elected officials for a contribution Tuesday. He said the meeting was a chance to present both bodies with Discovery Station's proposed budget and business plan.