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Ulman said the budget outlines a $259,939,000 capital spending program for the fiscal year from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, aimed at increasing the quality of life in Howard County through investments in education, public safety, the environment and recreation.
"We are ... including $1.5 million to complete construction of Howard County’s newest school, Thomas Viaduct Middle School, which will open in August 2014," Ulman said. "The plan also contains funding to acquire school sites in the eastern part of the County, including for a 13th high school, to be located in the southeastern portion of the county, an important priority."
Below are some highlights from the capital budget proposal.
Howard County Public School System: $77.338 million
Some of the Howard County Board of Education's capital projects are listed.
- Thomas Viaduct Middle School completion, to open in Elkridge in August 2014: $1.5 million
- Deep Run Elementary renovations/expansion: $13.754 million
- Systemic renovations: $13.8 million
- Atholton High School renovation: $9.486 million
- Wilde Lake Middle School building, to be Maryland's first net-zero energy school, generating as much energy as it uses: $7.7 million
- Technology: $5 million
- New Elkridge branch: $6.255 million for design and to start construction
- Renovation/expansion at Central and East Columbia branches: $550,000
- Route 1/Port Capital Drive fire station: $2.925 million
- New Elkridge firehouse completion: $505,000
- Troy Park: $8.9 million
- Site improvements at Patapsco Female Institute: $1.1 million
- New parks/field by East Columbia branch: $3.5 million
- Blandair Regional Park: $3 million
- County pathway and trail rehab and expansion: $400,000
- Nursing school renovation completion: $1.5 million
- Broadband installation: $30 million
- Land acquisition contingency reserve: $8 million
- Alpha Ridge improvements: $4.4 million
- Cybersecurity for county technology infrastructure: $3.5 million
- Courthouse renovation: $3 million
- Emergency power generation: $3 million
- Ellicott City's downtown enhancements: $1.2 million
- US Route 1 revitalization: $1 million
- US Route 40 enhancements: $200,000
- Study for third police station planning: $100,000
- Road resurfacing: $14.5 million
- Road construction: $7.648
- Sidewalk/curb projects: $2.161 million
- Intersection improvement program: $1.23 million
- Bicycle master plan: $900,000
- Bridge improvements: $700,000
- Downtown Columbia Patuxent Branch Trail extension: $500,000
- Storm drainage projects: $16.575 million
- Fort Meade water supply facility: $5 million
- Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant repairs: $4.22 million
- Water tank recoating: $3.605 million
- Reimbursement for developers that construct major facilities: $3 million
Next, the County Council will review the budget and hold two public hearings so the public can weigh in on the proposal.