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Towson Poised for New Police Post, Community Center in Budget Proposal

See what's in the county executive's budget proposal for Towson.

Towson Poised for New Police Post, Community Center in Budget Proposal
When  County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented his $1.75 billion budget proposal this week for fiscal year 2015, he called out several initiatives of interest in Towson.

Five police officers would be added to the  Baltimore County Police Department to patrol Towson's "new entertainment district," according to the budget proposal.

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An extra post would be created within the police department for the entertainment district as  Towson Square opens this summer, Kamenetz told Patch.

In addition, the county executive proposed allocating $6.5 million toward the construction of the  new Towson firehouse, after the county sold the existing station at York Road and Bosley Avenue for $8.3 million.

Other funds proposed:
  • $500,000 in design funding for new community centers in Loch Raven and Catonsville
  • $2 million to install turf fields at  Towson High, Dundalk High and the new Catonsville Regional Park at Spring Grove State Hospital
The county executive laid out a long-term plan for managing school capacity over the next decade called " Schools for Our Future" that will require a referendum this fall. The $1.1 billion initiative aims to keep up with growing enrollment in Baltimore County schools. It calls for the following projects in the Towson area:
  • Renovation to reopen a 600-seat Loch Raven Elementary School
  • Conversion of Halstead Academy into 500-seat elementary magnet preparatory school
  • Construction of 189-seat addition at Cromwell Valley Elementary School and 200-seat addition to Sparks Elementary School

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