WILLIAMSPORT -- Seven months ago, the state promised Williamsport $100,000 to fix up the Springfield barn.
On Monday, town officials -- worried about the repercussions of accepting the money -- said no.
The money for the barn restoration project was secured by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, through a state bond bill.
Town leaders asked Munson to try for the money. But in recent months at council meetings, Williamsport officials have been leery, concerned that state requirements could become obstacles.
"It would end up costing you more money to accept free money ..." said Edward Kuczynski, the town's attorney.
When a property eligible for the National Register of Historic Places receives bond-bill money, the owner often has to convey an historic easement to the Maryland Historical Trust. The easement makes sure that the owner will care for and restore the property, said Richard Brand, the administrator of financial assistance for the trust, which is part of the Department of Planning.