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By SCOTT BUTKI | April 19, 2000
The Washington County Board of Education can't speed up the construction schedule for some school projects because the county is providing less money than requested, Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee told the board during its work session Tuesday. The six-year Capital Improvement Program budget, which the Washington County Commissioners tentatively adopted last week, gives the School Board $4.5 million annually in fiscal years 2002 through 2006. The county is giving the School Board $4.15 million in the 2001 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The School Board had asked for $6.2 million in each of the next five years, McGee said.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | Kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2013
Washington County's Winebrenner Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $9.1 million for miscellaneous improvements while Hagerstown Community College is slated to get $4.5 million dollars for an expansion of its student center as part of the 2014 fiscal year budget released by Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington and the chairman of the county delegation, said that at first glance the budget “appears to be responsible in its spending.” Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday that the state would invest $3.7 billion on roads, schools, bridges and other capital projects.
NEWS
December 29, 2009
City resident offers thoughts on budget To the editor: A letter to Hagerstown City Councilman Forrest Easton: As I read the Wednesday, Dec. 16, story on the city budget discussion , I wanted to salute you for inviting citizen input to the upcoming budget process. What a refreshing thought to include constituent ideas about how savings might be realized in the process. I know now why I voted for you in the past election. Being a city resident does give the opportunity to observe operations and I have a few thoughts that might be considerable.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | January 25, 2011
The county school system's chief financial officer gave the school board some good news Tuesday: the shortfall for the next budget year is expected to be only $420,000. But it appears the Washington County Board of Education has already covered that shortfall by changing the funding source to replace several school buses. After a presentation Monday morning about Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, school board member Justin Hartings noted that the way the $1.74 million for the replacement buses was listed  could be interpreted as the school system reassuming those costs in its general fund budget.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | July 27, 2007
Editor's note: State Rep. Todd A. Rock, R-Franklin, recently returned to district work after his first session in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and sat down recently with Herald-Mail reporter Jennifer Fitch. The budget process, which ended in a $27.2 billion spending plan signed July 17, included a one-day furlough of state employees. The furlough instituted by Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell left nearly 24,000 state employees without work on July 9 and closed driver's license centers, state parks and welcome centers.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | December 12, 2012
Time is running short for City of Hagerstown officials to request money from the state in support of a stadium project that would keep the Hagerstown Suns. But now, after a new stadium proposal made Tuesday by Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn for a facility that may not be built in the city's core, there's no guarantee - at this point - that the $400,000-a-year contribution from Washington County would be available anymore, either. Quinn's plan, albeit just a concept, assumed that the county's portion and another large chunk from the state would factor into a 20-year debt service model on a $21 million to $22 million facility to be built possibly somewhere in the city's East End. “The solution I presented to council was based on all the available financial information we have been privy to,” Quinn said in an email Wednesday night.
NEWS
April 27, 2001
Avoiding wasted effort in state budget process Maybe it's just a growing unwillingness to spend their time on efforts that don't accomplish anything, but this year lawmakers from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia have all expressed problems with the way their state budgets are put together. Looking across state lines may provide each of them with some ideas for their reform efforts. The most recent gripes surfaced in Pennsylvania, where the Pennsylvania House passed a $20.8 million budget this week, a budget featuring hundreds of changes from the document originally submitted by Gov. Tom Ridge.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | August 4, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Paa. -- As Pennsylvania enters its sixth week without a budget, state Sen. Richard Alloway is preparing to co-sponsor legislation that would establish more deadlines and penalties for passing a spending plan. The proposal would create deadlines for revenue to be reported to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. It also would establish deadlines for each chamber to pass a balanced budget. Penalties, including forfeiture of pay, are included in the legislation penned by state Sen. Mike Brubaker, R-Lancaster.
NEWS
May 29, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer After months of budget workshops, hearings and proposals, the Washington County Commissioners' $125 million budget came down to a couple of hours of horsetrading on Tuesday afternoon. The frank discussions only hours before the commissioners approved the budget stood in stark contrast to earlier meetings when the commissioners would often stare at each other waiting for someone to speak. Commissioner John S. Shank told the other commissioners they didn't have enough discussions like these earlier.
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