ANNAPOLIS – Senator Richard F. Colburn (R-Eastern Shore) received a 2014 Maryland Municipal League (MML) award for his contributions on behalf of all of Maryland’s cities and towns during the 2013 session at the recent annual MML Eastern Shore Chapter dinner meeting in Grasonville.
Senator Colburn, a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee, advocated strongly in favor of retaining the additional $15.2 million in municipal highway user revenue (HUR) grant monies in the fiscal year 2014 budget when it was being debated in his subcommittee. As a result, the monies were retained in the budget and will be dispersed to the municipalities.
Senator Colburn stated, “Because of my role as Town Manager of Federalsburg and because I represent 23 municipalities, I know firsthand the significance of these HUR monies to our Maryland towns and cities. It’s not just the importance of salting and plowing snow covered roads and fixing pot holes. These very monies allow our town governments to have a 5/10/15 year street maintenance plan. And therefore, it is essential that HUR funding be maintained.”
In the delivery of the award, it was stated, “We know we can count on Senator Colburn to help us again when our additional $16 million in municipal HUR grant monies is discussed in his budget subcommittee this session.”
The MML is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan association controlled and maintained by city and town governments. They work to strengthen the role and capacity of municipal government through research, legislation, technical assistance, training and the dissemination of information for its members.