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County says no to money for Discovery Station for next year

April 20, 2006|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN

The Washington County Commissioners on Wednesday rejected a request by Discovery Station at Hagerstown for $30,000 for next fiscal year.

On Tuesday, Discovery Station representatives asked the County Commissioners for $30,000 this fiscal year and for $30,000 next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

After Tuesday's request, the commissioners voted 3-2 to give the interactive museum $20,000 this fiscal year, but put off a decision on funding for next fiscal year until further discussion.

The commissioners briefly returned to Discovery Station's request Wednesday during a budget workshop.

"My answer is no," Commissioner John C. Munson said. "I can see if that place was furnishing food or clothing or housing for anybody, but it's not ..."

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Munson and Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell voted against the $20,000 allocation Tuesday, while Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook and Commissioners James F. Kercheval and Doris J. Nipps voted for it.

None of the commissioners voiced financial support on Wednesday for next fiscal year.

Snook encouraged Discovery Station to step up fundraising efforts.

Also on Wednesday, the commissioners cut a request from the Humane Society of Washington County for an additional animal control officer and a vehicle for that officer. The cut reduces the Humane Society's request for a $126,051 increase for next fiscal year by $84,851.

The county contracts with the Humane Society to provide animal control services. The contract is about $1 million.

Wivell said he didn't think the additional animal control officer or vehicle were necessary.

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