Fort Monroe funding in McDonnell budget

Fort Monroe funding in McDonnell budget

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Fort Monroe funding in McDonnell budget

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

RICHMOND (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell's biennial state budget provides funding for operations and management of historic Fort Monroe.

The Hampton landmark on the Chesapeake Bay is in line for $6.7 million in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 and more than $700,000 in supplemental funding in fiscal year 2014.

McDonnell's office said Friday the governor's budget amendments also authorize the issuance of bonds totaling $22.5 million through the Virginia Building Authority. That would cover a good portion of the $26 million anticipated to fund capital improvements.

The moated fort was deactivated as a military installation in the fall of 2011. It is now under the management of a state authority.

During the Civil War, Fort Monroe was known as "Freedom's Fortress" because of the slaves who sought refuge in the Union stronghold.

AP-WF-12-06-13 1343GMT

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