CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley is offering a helping hand to the struggling Canal Place heritage area in downtown Cumberland.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the governor’s fiscal year 2015 budget unveiled Wednesday includes $116,000 for operation of Canal Place.

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Those funds would nearly cover a budget shortfall stemming from the city’s and Allegany County’s refusal to continue supporting the tourist attraction with hotel tax revenues.

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Some local elected leaders say the 20-year-old project should be self-supporting.

Canal Place includes the restored Western Maryland Railway Station and a small collection of shops near the western end of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

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