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HCC renovations exceeding budget

October 04, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Hagerstown Community College is facing about a $2.4 million shortfall in its budget for the school's planned renovations to the Career Programs Building.

HCC Board of Trustees members told the Washington County Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday they might be asked to make up the difference.

Anton T. Dahbura, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the college has about $16.5 million budgeted for the project, but the lowest bid from interested contractors is $18.9 million.

At the request of Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, Dahbura and Trustee Merle S. Elliott addressed the commissioners during the public comment portion of the meeting.

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Dahbura said the Board of Trustees asked the contractors to review their bids, which could lower the cost of the project.

He said the college hopes to get the price closer to what is budgeted, but there still likely would be a shortfall.

Snook said the county will determine whether its capital budget will be able to support the additional cost or whether the commissioners will have to look elsewhere to come up with the money.

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