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Md. Public Works Approves Alcohol Tax Grants for Schools

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    The Maryland Board of Public Works approved about $18 million in grants for three county school systems from money that will be raised by an increase in the sales tax on alcohol.

    The board approved the grants Wednesday for Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties.

    Howard County is getting $4 million. About half of the money will be used to replace natural grass football fields with artificial turf at Atholton and Hammond high schools.

    Montgomery County is receiving about $9 million. About $5 million will help pay for replacing Rockville's Farmland Elementary School.

    Anne Arundel County is getting about $5 million to add on to Annapolis High School for performance and visual arts studios.

    Lawmakers set aside $47.5 million in the new alcohol tax revenues for school construction.