County among tops in state in spending Rural Legacy grant money
By SCOTT BUTKI
Washington County is one of the top counties in the state when it comes to spending its Rural Legacy grant money quickly to protect rural land from development, according to a Maryland Department of Natural Resources report.
The report said Washington County has spent 92.5 percent of the state money allotted it during the program's four years.
The state average was about 60 percent.
Four jurisdictions spent 100 percent of their funds.
"Absolutely, Washington County is doing great," said John Surrick, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Gov. Parris Glendening has urged counties to spend the Rural Legacy money as soon as possible, Land Preservation Administrator Eric Seifarth said. How fast counties spend money is a factor in how much money they get in subsequent years, he said.
In response to Glendening's prompting, Washington County has been spending its money on larger properties, Seifarth said.