The College Park City Council approved a $2.7 million budget for fiscal year 1983 last week, but only after a citizens advisory board persuaded the council not to reduce the appropriation for youth services. The 1982-83 budget is approximately $160,000 more than the current spending plan.
The council had planned to cut almost $13,000 from the $144,144 appropriation for the youth services department, which provides counseling for College Park youth and their parents. However, the council rejected the proposed cut after members of the department's advisory board spent more than two hours explaining the department's need for the money.
Among the larger appropriations in the budget are: $927,527 for public works including the maintenance of roads and sewers, $281,408 for services such as street lighting, heating and publications that are not covered by specific departments, and $261,299 for maintenance of the city's vehicles.
The city's tax rate remains 47 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
The council also awarded a $7,500 contract to Paul Clarke Associates of Annapolis to improve accessibility for the handicapped to the city's municipal center. Changes will include the addition of ramps, widening of doorways for wheelchairs and modifications of elevators, according to John Callahan, the city's community development director.
A $12,000 landscaping contract to design, develop and construct a park for the city's Lakeland Urban Renewal area was awarded to Maleady, Roy and Miller of Gaithersburg.