County to divvy parks aid windfall State adds $121,490 for Open Space

May 19, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll County will receive about $121,000 more tha expected from the state to spend on parks and other open space projects in the next fiscal year, the county budget director said yesterday.

The governor included an extra $121,490 of Program Open Space money in his budget for Carroll, Budget Director Steven D. Powell said.

The money will be added to $410,000 in open space money the county was scheduled to receive in fiscal 1994, which begins July 1.

Carroll's towns will split about $28,000 of the additional money, and the county will use about $41,000 for land acquisition and about $53,000 for park development, Mr. Powell said.

The county Recreation and Parks Department will develop and present to the commissioners a plan to spend the $53,000, he said.

The commissioners discussed the 1994 budget with Mr. Powell and his staff at a work session yesterday. Three agencies have asked for almost $70,000 more since the budget was drawn up, he said.

The commissioners have proposed a $130 million operating budget for fiscal 1994.

The budget includes an increase of about $10 million -- 8.9 percent -- in spending over the current year.

The board took public comment on the budget at a hearing Thursday.

About 60 people attended, and 11 of them spoke. The commissioners are scheduled to adopt a budget May 27.

Mr. Powell said the county could afford to grant all three requests for more money, which total $69,477.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said the board would consider the requests, which are:

* Human Services Programs Inc. asked for $20,000 to continue operating a shelter for 24 families. The total cost to operate the shelter for a year is $57,600. The City of Westminster, shelter residents, the Human Services board and the community also will contribute.

* Carroll's share of operating the Frederick County Animal Laboratory, $20,492. The lab examines dead animals for signs of disease and performs rabies and other tests on animals in the region, Mr. Powell said.

* State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman asked for a legal secretary to keep up with increasing clerical work. The office has added five attorneys and investigators in the past four years, but has added no new secretaries, he said.

The cost for the secretary's salary and benefits would be $28,785.

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