Proposed budget gets public input at four hearings School construction may spark debate

May 10, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

An article in yesterday's Anne Arundel editions, gave an incorrect location for public hearings on the county budget scheduled tomorrow and Thursday. The hearings will be at 7:30 p.m. in the County Council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The Anne Arundel County Council will hear what the public has to say about next year's proposed budget during four public hearings this week.

The first two hearings on the $668.6 million budget County Executive Robert R. Neall submitted last week are set for Old Mill High School, 600 Old Mill Road. Today, the subject is the general county budget; tomorrow, the council will take up the Board of Education budget.

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Two more hearings are scheduled for Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road. Wednesday evening, the council will again hear testimony on the general county budget; Thursday, it will deal with the education budget.

All four public hearings begin at 7:30 p.m.

During the two public hearings on the Board of Education budget, school construction is sure to spark some lively discussion.

Mr. Neall submitted a $106 million capital budget, which includes the construction of Solley and Meade Heights elementary schools and the extensive renovation of Deale Elementary School.

Construction is set for 1995 for Meade Area Middle School and Park Elementary School, and the renovation of South Shore Elementary School.

Although Mr. Neall proudly notes that schools take up one-third of the capital budget, some communities that don't see their school building projects listed for next year are not pleased.

Voices of discontent have already been heard from those who wanted funding for the $13.9 million conversion of Andover Middle School, which is not scheduled until the 1996 fiscal year budget.

OC Proponents of the project complain that it ranked higher on the

Board of Education's priority list than Solley Elementary, which will be built this year.

The council also is meeting daily, beginning at 1:30 p.m., to deliberate on various aspects of the budget.

This afternoon, the council will continue its discussion of the county's $106 million capital budget. It also will discuss the proposed sale of two county-owned buildings at the Heritage Office Complex, which is expected to generate more than $10 million in revenue.

Other possible capital budget topics are the new $43 million Circuit Courthouse and the $71 million detention center expansion.

Mr. Neall decided he no longer needed the upscale Heritage office space after a decision was made to renovate the Circuit Courthouse at its present Annapolis location.

Under an earlier plan, the courthouse was to be relocated across from county offices at the Arundel Center, court offices were to be relocated to the Arundel Center and county offices there would be moved to the Heritage Complex.

Tomorrow, the council will discuss the Board of Education, which takes up 59 percent of the county's operating budget.

On that day, the council will begin meeting at 10 a.m. and continue into the afternoon.

Wednesday afternoon's session will be taken up with Anne Arundel Community College, the library, the Board of Health and the Fire Department. Thursday, the council will discuss the Sheriff's Office, the Police Department and the detention center.

The council must approve a budget by May 28 for fiscal year 1994, which begins July 1.

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