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Gardner Addresses School Overcrowding, Public Safety Needs and More in Preliminary Capital Budget

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Citizens Encouraged to Share Their Priorities at March 15 Public Hearing

County Executive Jan Gardner today shared highlights of the preliminary draft Frederick County Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program. The budget is based on no tax rate increases. She shared good news about school construction, libraries, parks, fire stations, roads and many other projects, and encouraged the community to attend the March 15 public hearing to share their
priorities.

“Preparing and presenting the county budget is the most important responsibility I have as County Executive and the most significant task we do together as a community,” commented Executive
Gardner. “How and where we spend our community’s money reflects our strategic priorities and our shared values. I invite our citizens to let their voices be heard.”

In the draft capital budget, priority school projects are on track and on budget. New schools such as Butterfly Ridge Elementary and Sugarloaf Elementary will address overcrowding, as will additional schools slated for construction over the next six years.

Other important projects are in the draft Capital Improvement Program. They include renovations of buildings at Frederick Community College, new public library branches and new park development and expansion. Funding for sustainability programs, fire stations, public safety, roads and bridges, water and sewer improvements, and other requests are also in the draft budget.

As part of open and transparent government, Executive Gardner expanded outreach to gather input into the budget through surveys. The surveys will be available online until Saturday, March 31, and may be found at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/budgetsurveys.

The budget public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church Street, Frederick, Md. The hearing will be televised on FCG TV, cable channel 19, and webcast on www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/video.

For more information, visit www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/budget or contact Budget Director Rick Harcum at 301-600-1628 or via e-mail at rharcum@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

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