How To Spend Tobacco Settlement Money?

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 8, 2007 at 10:28 PM EDT

It's been a hot topic.

How to spend Broome County's money from a tobacco settlement?

With Democrats now in control, it looks like Executive Barb Fiala may get her way.

A resolution would use the 18 million dollars to renovate only the George Harvey Justice Building.

Last year, the legislature was led by Republicans.

Then, the group voted to split the money.

The other project was a communications building at Broome Community College.

But that project was put in question.

Funding for it was not approved in the state budget.

Now, Legislature Chairman Mark Whalen says the group will look at using the money only for the Justice Building.

Whalen says that means the county won't need to bond for the renovations.

The project will cost around 16 million dollars.

The remaining settlement money could still go to BCC.

It would help refurbish old buildings.

Whalen says the legislature will consider the idea this month.

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