Low attendance may curtail association's largess CARNIVAL WOES

September 07, 1994|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

Two rainy nights during last month's Big Glen Burnie Carnival may mean another budget cut for the Glen Burnie Improvement Association next year.

The association's budget, which dropped from $185,000 in 1993 to $148,000 this year, may loose another $3,000 to $5,000 next year, Donald Gibson, an association vice president, said yesterday.

Board member Joseph Corcoran said the unofficial figures show this year's carnival grossed about 1 percent more than last year. But Mr. Gibson said expenses also were higher.

Revenue from the carnival makes up nearly 70 percent of the association's budget, and a second year of low attendance because of rain may affect what the organization can do.

Proceeds from the carnival benefit the association and its civic activities, including sidewalk improvements, health and safety fairs, and summer concerts. Donations are made to organizations such as hospitals, youth organizations, the local volunteer fire company and programs to feed the needy.

Last year, the association cut nearly in half its donations to

nonprofit organizations, leaving groups like the American Red Cross and the YMCA out in the cold.

Some of the money is used for upkeep of the association's grounds and hall, which are offered free for community use.

Mr. Gibson said the association has two $10,000 projects to improve the grounds: one to stop flooding in the basement, and another to upgrade the carnival grounds electrical system, which had been a short during the carnival this summer.

Mr. Corcoran said that the budget committee has not been formed to develop the spending plan for next year, but that maintenance of the building and the sidewalk program, which provides $50,000 worth of sidewalks in the town each year, probably will be priorities for the committee.

"I'm against cutting the sidewalk program because it's a community-type project and we must maintain our integrity with the community," Mr. Corcoran said.

Mr. Gibson said the association spent about $12,500 on the sidewalk program this year.

Homeowners pay for 25 percent of the cost of building a new sidewalk, the improvement association pays 25 percent and the county government pays for 50 percent.

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