$118 million bond issue on Baltimore Co. ballot Decision also due on Planning Board

October 21, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Along with designating their choices for president and Congress, Baltimore countians will vote Nov. 3 on $118 million worth of bonds and a charter amendment that would change how people are appointed to the county Planning Board.

The bond amount is considerably less than the $200 million requested in November 1990, but it is the second-highest in county history.

The previous second-highest bond issue was the $110 million of 1988.

Although county voters approved borrowing $197.5 million of the $200 million requested in 1990, County Executive Roger B. Hayden has authorized the sale of only $150 million worth of bonds.

The single largest item delayed by Mr. Hayden's decision was a $20 million repair garage and training academy for the Fire Department.

The complex was to be built at Sparrows Point. To save money, the county is now considering buying a garage in Dundalk.

Another $20 million worth of various public works projects for sewer, roadway and bridge work have been delayed.

Mr. Hayden's appreciably lower request reflects a desire this year to trim borrowing and contain interest costs.

The recession and cuts in state aid also have influenced the administration's decisions.

Should the bond measure be approved, schools and public works would be the big winners.

Public works would receive $47 million while school construction and maintenance would be getting $46 million.

Even though the total for school spending is higher than the $40 million devoted to schools in 1990, it is half of what the school board requested.

The current bond funding schedule has $13.7 million for new roofs, $8 million for asbestos removal and $8.4 million for a new Mays Chapel Elementary School.

The public works spending proposal would include $7.6 million for a new Campbell Boulevard in White Marsh and $5.1 million for extending Red Run Boulevard in Owings Mills.

The proposed charter amendment would allow each County Council member to appoint one person to the planning board, bypassing the county executive.

Currently, the county executive appoints all of the 15 board members, although seven appointments are based on recommendations that the executive receives from the seven council members.

The amendment change was introduced by Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, D-5th, who was upset after he had difficulty getting Mr. Hayden to approve one of his board choices last year.

Mereen E. Kelly, the county administrative officer, said the Hayden administration is not opposed to the change.

$118 MILLION IS FOR:

* Public schools: $46.1 million.

* Refuse disposal facilities: $11 million.

* Community colleges: $3.3 million.

* Public works: $47.4 million.

* Parks, greenways: $3 million.

* Elderly, affordable housing: $600,000.

* Agricultural preservation: $660,000.

* Community improvements: $1.6 million.

* Waterway improvements: $3.1 million.

* Libraries: $1 million.

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