State funding for Carroll schools intact, officials say


Just days after news that Carroll County schools would lose $2 million in state funding for school construction projects, local officials announced yesterday that the system would receive the money.

"The quote I have [from state officials] is that `The funding is not in jeopardy,'" Del. Susan W. Krebs, who represents South Carroll, said during a joint meeting of the school board and the county commissioners. "I'm confident we're going to have the $2 million. It's well-deserved."

Last week, legislative budget analysts said that a state property tax cut supported by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and approved by the Board of Public Works would delay $16 million in school construction projects across the state.

State budget officials were not available yesterday to confirm that additional funding would be available. Krebs and school officials said they had received word of the funding Tuesday.

The public works board voted to reduce the state rate from 13.2 cents to 11.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value. Reducing the state portion of property taxes reduces the amount of money the state can borrow for construction projects, but lawmakers had promised some of the funding in the budget they adopted this year.

The projects included $1.8 million for Baltimore, $8.4 million for Allegany County and $1.5 million for an intermediate school in Somerset County.

In Carroll County, the money is designated for construction of Ebb Valley Elementary School, slated to open in August 2008 in the northeastern part of the county, and repairs to a leaky roof at Sykesville Middle School.

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