Commissioners expected to approve budget after meeting...


May 31, 2002

Commissioners expected to approve budget after meeting

The Carroll commissioners are expected to pass the county's budget for fiscal 2003 tonight after a public hearing in Westminster.

The budget has undergone a series of slight changes since a proposed version, featuring about $230 million in daily operating expenses and about $64 million in construction expenses, was released last month. The largest change will see the county receive an injection of cash owed to it by Carroll County General Hospital after the settling of loans and other financial transactions. Budget officials have not specified the sum but have said it could be as high as $1 million. The money will be used for construction projects, and Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier has proposed making it part of a fund that would help pay for water projects in South Carroll.

Some Carroll residents have complained that the proposed budget document did not include status reports for continuing projects that were funded in previous budgets. In response, budget officials have compiled an addendum that offers details on continuing projects and contact information for citizens with further questions. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. in the hearing room at the County Office Building.

Owings Mills woman charged with DUI

An Owings Mills woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession after a traffic stop on Route 91, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy 1st Class Michael Zepp stopped a Subaru station wagon about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for speeding near Finksburg and determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol. He recovered marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and a folding knife during a search, authorities said.

Tayna Lynn Bennington, 29, was charged with DUI, possession of a concealed deadly weapon, and drug violations. She was released on personal recognizance, authorities said.

3 chosen to fill vacancies on GOP Central Committee

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee has appointed three residents to the committee, replacing members who resigned for personal reasons, to serve until the primary election.

W. David Blair, Jerry L. Toadvine and Ryan M. Warner resigned from the committee this year. They were replaced by Joseph Burns Jr., C. David Jones and Harvey Tegeler, who will serve until the end of the term in September. Robert M. Wolfing is chairman of the committee.

All three new members have been active in local Republican clubs around the county and in the George W. Bush campaign in 2000.

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