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Funkstown councilman suggests seeking donations for town hall work

July 13, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Town Councilman Richard Nigh said Town Hall needs repairs and suggested Monday night that town officials advertise for donations.

That might be the only way to the get the work done, Nigh said during a town council meeting.

Nigh said his family expected to make a donation, but he would not say how much.

Town officials have said windows need to be replaced at the 30 E. Baltimore St. building and the roof is in bad shape.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said a separate fund should be set up for people who want to make donations.

Town Hall should set a standard for the town, Crampton said.

After the meeting, town attorney Robert Kuczynski said the town council might need to pass legislation stating the building needs improvements, and the mayor and council will accept donations to be put into a special fund.

In June, town resident Gail Mongan told town officials he didn't think they budgeted enough money to make the needed repairs at Town Hall.

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This fiscal year's budget contains $2,500 for repairs and maintenance for Town Hall.

Crampton told Mongan at that June meeting that town officials would continue to look at line items in the budget to find additional savings and that improving the condition of Town Hall was a top agenda item.

On June 14, the council approved the town's first property tax rate increase in 21 years, a 6 cent hike, to help the town deal with declining revenue.

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