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Md. gov's budget includes Canal Place funds

Thursday - 1/16/2014, 4:34pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering a helping hand to the struggling Canal Place heritage area in downtown Cumberland.

The Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/1eFt5Go ) reports that the governor's fiscal year 2015 budget unveiled Wednesday includes $116,000 for operation of Canal Place.

Those funds would nearly cover a budget shortfall stemming from the city's and Allegany County's refusal to continue supporting the tourist attraction with hotel tax revenues.

Some local elected leaders say the 20-year-old project should be self-supporting.

Canal Place includes the restored Western Maryland Railway Station and a small collection of shops near the western end of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html


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