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Courthouse apparently back on track; Design, construction money expected in Carroll


Carroll County's new multimillion-dollar District Courthouse appears to be back on track for design and construction money in state budgets for 2000 and 2001, county officials said yesterday.

In December, officials discovered what they described as a glitch in the project: Construction money that was supposed to have been in the state's next fiscal budget was omitted from a preliminary draft.

Steven D. Powell, county director of management and budget, said the project is expected to receive $7.6 million in construction funding in 2001, and $63,000 for design in the 2000 budget.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr., Carroll's administrative judge, has worked for more than eight years for the new building.

He seemed relatively calm after a delay in filing information by the county sidetracked planning and design money that had been approved by the 1997 General Assembly.

"We'll just keep our fingers crossed," Beck said at the time. "We got the planning money last year and, based on my experience in the legislature, the capital construction money usually follows the planning money."

Beck knew the process, as a state senator from Carroll for seven years and a delegate for 10 years, before his appointment to the bench in 1989. He wrote to the chairmen of the capital budget subcommittees for the Senate and the House of Delegates to have the money reinstated.

Sun staff writer John Murphy contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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