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Thursday, January 26, 2006

By the Numbers: The Valley Asks for Cash

Now that Gov. Mark R. Warner has concluded his term in office, the serious work of amending his final two-year state budget is under way.

Legislative staffers in Richmond have completed the task of processing the hundreds of budget amendments requested by new Gov. Tim Kaine and nearly 140 members of the House of Delegates and Senate.

Virtually every member of the body has requested some kind of change. The following are some of the changes requested by the Northern Shenandoah Valley delegation.

Del. Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, R-Front Royal
• $150,000 over two years for Belle Grove Plantation.
• $200,000 over two years for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.
• $100,000 over two years for Wayside Theatre.

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock
• $300,000 for the Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Foundation.
• $50,000 for the New Market Library.
• $5,765 for the Woodstock Museum of Shenandoah County.

Del. Joe T. May, R-Leesburg
• $500,000 over two years for Virginia Tech’s Equine Veterinary programs.
• $75,000 for Oatlands Plantation in Loudoun County.
• $37,500 for the Clarke County Historical Association

Del. Beverly Sherwood, R-Winchester
• $1.12 million over two years to create a Silivicultural Water Quality team.
• $920,000 for the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.
• $500,000 for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s new building in Winchester.

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg
• $18.9 million in bonds for a new dining hall at James Madison University.
• $3.75 million for a pedestrian tunnel under South Main Street at JMU.
• $25,000 each year for the Science Museum of Virginia to plan galleries at the Harrisonburg Children’s Museum.

Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr., R-Winchester
• $112,000 each year to pay for two new magistrates in Loudoun County.
• $60,000 to replace water quality monitoring equipment for use by Friends of the Shenandoah River.
• An additional $10,300 over two years to aid in maintenance of Confederate graves at Stonewall Cemetery in Winchester.