ANNAPOLIS — Frederick County’s local governments will see a slight increase in state funding in 2017 if Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget is approved by the General Assembly.
State funding for local governments increased by 3.3 percent in the governor’s budget proposal, with a 1.8 percent increase slated for Frederick County.
The primary increases include funding for K-12 education aid, transportation and community colleges, according to the budget plan that Hogan’s office released Wednesday.
The county could see an additional $2 million, about a 1 percent increase, in state aid for primary and secondary education, along with a 1 percent increase, about $2.6 million, toward education pension payments.
Frederick Community College would receive a $1 million increase in state aid under the spending plan.
The governor’s capital spending plan includes $15.4 million for school construction projects in Frederick County in fiscal 2017, with about $41 million planned for future years.
The largest projects include continued construction funding for Frederick High School and state funding for Sugarloaf and Butterfly Ridge elementary schools, planned for construction in Urbana and the Hillcrest neighborhood of Frederick, respectively.
Both schools are slated to receive $2 million of funding in fiscal 2017 through the Public School Construction Program, through which the state provides matching grants for school construction projects.
The capital budget includes $16 million in funding for Butterfly Ridge in future years, and $13 million for Sugarloaf in the future.
The Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick will receive about $5.1 million for projects, starting in 2017, according to Hogan’s proposed capital spending plan. The Frederick campus will receive just over $2.7 million in fiscal 2017 for a water main replacement project. In future years, the capital spending plan includes expenses for a renovation of the Veditz Building in 2020 and in 2021, a portion of the funding needed for plans to construct new student residences, a satellite health center and central offices will be set aside.
Other schools that will receive funding through the program for construction or renovation projects include Urbana High School and the Emmitsburg, Hillcrest and Myersville elementary schools.
Statewide, $280 million will be allocated to school construction projects in 2017. A total of $1.28 billion is planned through 2021.
Other Frederick County capital projects
State funding of $1 million of a new Walkersville library, projected to cost about $6.7 million, was also included.
The county will receive just over $3 million from the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund for the Little Hunting Creek stream restoration and a reforestation program.
Frederick Community College will get $2.2 million in grant funding for planning and construction costs relating to the renovation of the Monroe Center, with an additional $1.8 million in funding planned for future years.
Exactly $4 million was allocated for a water treatment plant at Cunningham Falls State Park, and $373,000 will be used in 2017 for planning upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant at the Victor Cullen Center, a juvenile detention facility in Sabillasville. Funding for the replacement costs, about $4.3 million, is planned in future years.
Middletown Memorial Park, which used to be known as Harp Field, will receive $45,000 in flexible grant funding for improvements. The Emmitsburg Community Pool will receive a similar grant of $217,000 for renovations.
Statewide, the largest portion of the capital budget, about $3.1 billion, is spent on transportation projects. Continued funding for the U.S. 15-Monocacy Boulevard interchange project and the I-270-Md. 85 interchange reconstruction, along with eight other road projects, is included in the transportation spending plan. The capital budget will also include $17 million to make improvements to the MARC commuter rail system, including along the Brunswick Line, which serves Frederick County.