Cumberland Times-News

January 7, 2014

Confusion arises over Footer Building spending

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— I want to thank Delegate Kevin Kelly for his comments regarding the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority (CPPDA) generally and the Footer Dye Works building specifically (“Kelly wants Canal Place authority terminated,” Jan. 5 Times-News, Page 1A).

Delegate Kelly has always been open and honest in his position on the Footer Dye Works building. This is refreshing and allows for conversation on the merits of the issue.

It appears there may be some confusion regarding the timing of expenditures on the Footer Dye Works Building.

This is understandable as the state operates on a fiscal year which runs from July 1 through June 30.

The current fiscal year is FY 2014, which began on July 1, 2013.

With that background perhaps the following points will help.

The District 1 delegation provided a letter of support to CPPDA in early calendar year 2013. This letter was for Fiscal Year 2014 which began on July 1, 2013.

In the letter was a statement that no funds to be provided by the state in Fiscal Year 2014 were to be used on the Footer Dye Works building.

This requirement has been adhered to. No Fiscal Year 2014 funds provided by the state of Maryland have been used on the Footer Dye Works building.

 State funds from previous fiscal years were used on the Footer Dye Works building as stated in the e-mail from CPPDA Executive Director Dee Dee Ritchie.

The funds were granted by the Maryland Historic Trust and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority prior to the District 1 delegation support letter for Fiscal Year 2014.

 These funds from prior fiscal years were not in the original budgets submitted to the State.

As such, an amendment to the CPPDA Fiscal Year 2013 was needed and the District 1 delegation was asked to send a letter of support to recognize funds which had already been spent. These funds were approved by the granting authorities prior to July 1, 2013.

 This is certainly confusing but two facts are clear:

A. The delegation explicitly stated funds granted to CPPDA from the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, were not to be used for the Footer Dye Works building.

B. CPPDA has followed the District 1 delegation requirement.

Rick Thayer, acting chair

Canal Place Preservation and

Development Authority