WESTMINSTER — Carroll County's "1992 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget Book" is available for public review.
Copies may be obtained from all branches of the county public library, the county Budget Office, or Public Information Office, County Office Building, 225 N. Center St.
The $114.7 million fiscal 1992 operating budget proposal maintains the $2.35 property tax rate. The budget will be reduced by 2.5 percent from fiscal 1991's budget of $117.6 million.
Funding is being decreased due to reductions in state money and regional income taxes.The county's Capital Improvement Program has been reduced by nearly $15 million from 1991 levels, from $50.5 million to $35.6 million.
Money for the county Board of Education, Carroll Community College, county public library and Carroll's 14 fire companies has been held at or above 1991 amounts.
Such public subsidies allow the county toaddress state-mandated "maintenance of effort" regulations and secure additional state money for those agencies.
In addition, new teachers will be hired to maintain faculty-student ratios established by the Board of Education and to provide staff for Piney Ridge and Spring Garden elementary schools, which are scheduled to open in fiscal 1992.
Construction of a new classroom building at CCC will proceed during fiscal 1992 as scheduled, although state subsidies have been delayed. An additional 37 classrooms will be provided when the buildingis completed in 1993.
General government budgets have been cut byat least 2 percent over fiscal 1991 in order to balance the 1992 proposed operating budget.
Reductions have been made by eliminating salary increases, imposing a hiring freeze, eliminating major consultant studies, and deleting or postponing program projects.
Citizens are encouraged to examine the proposed budget. Two public informationmeetings are scheduled to give residents a chance to question the commissioners and staff on the budget.
The meetings will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. May 9, in Room 300A of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St.
The budget hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Westminster High School. Residents' comments will beconsidered in formulating the final budget to be set May 30, 30 daysin advance of its effective date.
FORMER MAYOR DIES
WESTMINSTER -- Former New Windsor Mayor Randall G. Spoerlein, 91, died Friday at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center following an extended illness.
He was born Sept. 17, 1899, in Garrett County. After graduating from Blue Ridge College in 1920, he took up farming in New Windsorin 1922. He retired from farming in 1968.
Spoerlein was appointed in the early 1930s to fill an unexpired term on the board of directors of the Maryland Cooperative Milk Producers Association.
He served the association until 1940, when he became the first countian to ship milk to Washington, D.C. He also was elected in 1938 to a term in the state House of Delegates.
In the 1930s, Spoerlein joined theWestminster Kiwanis Club. He later became one of its oldest continuous members.
Beginning in 1944, he served for 33 years on the Carroll Soil Conservation District. He was one of the first supervisors for the district.
He also was one of the first members of the county's economic development committee and was president of the county Farm Bureau for four years and state president for two years.
Spoerlein was a member of the Maryland State Fair Board for a number of years as well.
His career in New Windsor government began with his election as councilman for five years prior to his election as mayor, a position he held for 22 years.
He purchased a 170-acre farm containing the main spring that furnished the town with water. There he planted 50 acres of pine trees and built a pond.
Spoerlein presented the town with money to plant five acres of walnut trees on the farm in 1984.
In addition to being a farmer, he was a director of the Brethren Insurance Co. in Hagerstown for 27 years, and was director, vice president and chairman of the board of Westminster Bank and Trust Co.
He also was a director of the Maryland and Virginia Wool Growers Association; a life member of the Carroll County Historical Society; and former member of the board of directors for Carroll County General Hospital.
Spoerlein was an organizer and one of the first directors of the Carroll County Farm Museum.
He was honored in 1961 by the University of Maryland, College Park, for his contributions andleadership in state agriculture.
Spoerlein was a member of the Edgewood Church of the Brethren.
CAPTION: RANDALL G. SPOERLEIN
New Windsor Mayor for 22 years
ARTS GRANT IS SLASHED
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Arts Council's annual grant has been cut from $29,000 to $20,000 for fiscal 1992.
The Arts Council had requested the same amount of money for 1992 that it received in fiscal 1991.
"Now is the time to phone or write to our County Commissioners and tell them how you or your group have benefitedfrom programming funds through the Arts Council," said Peggy Slater,Arts Council director.
Slater urged residents to attend the public budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at Westminster High School.
"These calls and letters will count," she said. "If you can possibly attend and speak at the public budget hearings, your voice will be heard."