March 30, 2018
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Matthew Schwartzman (410) 841-3683
Carroll County Delegation Secures Funding for Key Local Priorities in the State’s Budget
Annapolis: Last week, the Maryland General Assembly voted to enact Governor Hogan’s FY2020 Operating & Capital Budgets. The Carroll County Delegation worked closely with Governor Hogan and in a bi-partisan fashion in the General Assembly to secure key funding for a series of projects. Below are some highlights of what projects will receive Capital funds:
-$3,015,000 – Planning and Construction of Freedom Army National Guard Readiness Center
-$800,000 – Design, Construction, and Equipping of the new Critical Care Unit at Carroll Hospital Center
-$650,000 – Planning, Design, and Construction of Carroll Hospice Dove House
-$250,000 – New Windsor Municipal Water Storage Tank Project
Local Bond Initiatives:
-$200,000 – Carroll County Turf Field at North Carroll High School
-$50,000 – Westminster Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium Project
The Capital Budget started in the House of Delegates where Delegate Shoemaker and the House Delegation were able to secure $150,000 for the Turf Field project. When it came over to the Senate, the Senate Delegation was able to obtain an additional $50,000 for that project and $50,000 for the Westminster Boys & Girls Club.
In addition – in the State’s Operating Budget, total K-12 Education aid to Carroll County rose 2%, a net increase of $2,697,000 over last year. The county would have been slated to lose funds under the current education formula.
“The resources we have secured for all of these important local projects is a product of outstanding teamwork and communication between our members, the Budget Committees and the Hogan administration,” said Senator Justin Ready. “We appreciate that Governor Hogan has worked closely with us to ensure that Carroll County is not overlooked.”
“These Capital projects span several key priorities, from building upon the infrastructure of our care units to implementing measures to improving the safety of our county,” said Delegate Haven Shoemaker. “I would like to especially thank Governor Hogan and Chairwoman McIntosh for helping us secure funding for the Water Storage Tank project in New Windsor.”
“Working together with Governor Hogan, we’ve been able to bring back significant education funding increases – especially when you consider that we should be losing money because of declining enrollments,” Delegate Susan Krebs commented. “In addition, the Capital resources we’ve secured will go a long way for great community organizations like Carroll County Hospice and the Boys & Girls Club.
“We are all excited to bring back needed dollars for our school system and these important local projects all over the county,” concluded Delegate April Rose. “A new turf field for Carroll County, the first public one we have, would be enormously helpful to our rec community and school sports.”