GBIA unveils $185,000 budget proposal Most earmarked for operations GLEN BURNIE

November 11, 1992|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

The Glen Burnie Improvement Association unveiled a $185,000 budget proposal last night for next year, with the bulk of the 9.1 percent increase over the current budget going toward community programs.

The proposal, which will not be discussed publicly and voted on until the civic group's December meeting, represents a $15,400 increase over the current $169,600 budget.

The GBIA has proposed devoting $48,100 to community programs next year, a $20,000 increase over the current sum. The association expects to spend $25,000 in a joint sidewalk replacement program with the county and homeowners. The program, which this fall has been examining sidewalks in the oldest area of Glen Burnie, has the county paying half of the bill for new sidewalks, and the association and homeowners splitting the other half.

GBIA President Muriel G. Carter said the organization has abandoned the idea of sponsoring Fourth of July fireworks. The group had canceled its fireworks this past summer. Under a state law which took effect this year, the association no longer had adequate space for the program.

Instead, that $5,000 is being directed into other community programs, bringing the proposed amount allocated for next year to $10,000. GBIA had budgeted $5,000 toward community LTC activities this year, and added approximately $2,500 for a health and safety fair held in October. Mrs. Carter said that the GBIA hopes to make the health and safety fair an annual event, and so plans to set aside $2,500 for next fall. Remaining funds will go toward other community and county programs, she said.

The organization donated $29,400 to community organizations this year, and plans to give $32,400 next year. The additional $3,000 is earmarked for the Kuethe Library, whose board sought the money so that the tiny 1934 building could continue to house archives of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society.

Most of the proposed budget is similar to last year's -- with most going toward the operation of the association and its building on Crain Highway. This year, the group expects it will spend $102,900 on that; the proposal for next year is $104,500.

The association is funded largely through profits from its annual summer carnival. Profit from this year's Big Glen Burnie Carnival totaled $124,691, according to a report released last night.

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