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Local projects included in final Md. budget

April 12, 2010|By ERIN JULIUS
  • Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington
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ANNAPOLIS --The House of Delegates, during its last day of the legislative session Monday afternoon, gave final approval to the state's capital budget for fiscal year 2011, securing funding for several local projects.

Money for the restoration of the dam at Devil's Backbone Park, for Washington County Free Library and for a new Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown is included in the capital budget.

The House vote on the capital budget was 108-33. The Senate had already approved it 43-4.

During a conference committee meeting last week, Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, was successful in restoring $550,000 in funding for repairs to the dam.

Also included is $2.5 million for the Western Maryland Library, at the site of the Washington County Free Library, and $2,525,000 for the barrack.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany; Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington; Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington; and Del. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Washington/Frederick voted against the budget.

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Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, voted for the budget.

Other local appropriations are included in the budget, but not in the amounts local lawmakers had hoped.

The Washington County delegation initially sponsored a $75,000 bond bill for the construction of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum in Boonsboro. Munson said Monday night he did secure funding in that amount for the project.

Two other projects weren't funded fully.

Munson and Donoghue sponsored a $250,000 bond bill for the Deafnet Association Inc. to expand its building. Another, for $150,000, would have gone to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to enclose its courtyard.

Munson secured $50,000 for each project on the Senate side. Donoghue secured another $50,000 for each of the projects on the House side.

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