Squadron returns unused county funds

February 08, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

It's budget time, and Carroll commissioners don't expect to be handed any money.

Yesterday was different. Gordon Faircloth, commander of the Carroll County Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, gave the commissioners a $6,000 check.

"We never get money handed back to us at budget time. That's why we have a photographer here," Commissioner Julia W. Gouge told Mr. Faircloth and two others from the patrol.

The three CAP members and the commissioners posed for a picture taken by Maggy MacPherson, the county's communications manager.

The Civil Air Patrol, a private, aviation-oriented volunteer group, receives some county money every year. For about the past five years, the group saved some of the money to construct a building at the Carroll County Airport.

Recently, the members decided the project would be too expensive, Mr. Faircloth said, and they wanted to return the money.

"If everybody came in with a check, we'd be in good shape," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

During a budget meeting yesterday, Mr. Faircloth, deputy commander Thomas E. Dolen and treasurer Pat Sands asked the commissioners for $9,650 for fiscal 1995. The request is $2,480 less than the group's current budget.

The commissioners are listening to operating budget requests from all of Carroll's departments. County revenues are expected to increase 7.1 percent in fiscal 1995, which begins July 1.

Department heads requested $149.2 million for programs and salaries. The requests are 14.6 percent higher than the current year's $130.2 million operating budget.

Other requests were from:

* Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. The nonprofit corporation operates homeless shelters and emergency programs.

Director Sylvia Canon asked for a $625,105 operating budget. County Budget Director Steven D. Powell recommended $597,875, $11,500 more than the agency got this fiscal year. The county contributes about 17 percent of the agency's budget.

More money is needed to pay health insurance costs and for cold weather shelters, Ms. Canon said.

* Change Inc. The nonprofit group provides services for people with severe developmental disabilities. Director Richard Glaser requested $38,500 from the county, an increase of $2,005 over the county's contribution this year. County money provides about 3 percent of the group's budget.

* Domestic Violence Program. Director Sandra L. Rappeport asked for $48,230, an increase of $2,905. Most of the money for the program comes from marriage license fees.

* Sexual Abuse Treatment Center. Ms. Rappeport requested $240,615, or $6,345 more than the center got from the county this year. The money is needed to pay for higher health care insurance costs, to update computers and to pay for attorneys when needed, she said.

* Junction Inc. Director Olivia Myers asked for $54,465, or $1,630 more than this year. The private, nonprofit group provides drug abuse prevention and treatment services.

* Western Maryland Health Planning Agency. Director Bruce E. Cash requested $25,200, or $1,460 more than this year. The agency is designated by the state as the health planning agency for Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

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