Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall announced yesterday that he has imposed a hiring freeze and other spending limits to bolster the county government's financial condition.
Speaking at a business group's breakfast in Annapolis, Mr. Neall said that while the county remains in "stable fiscal condition," declining tax revenues and increased demands for services have drained the county's budgeted surplus.
The budget restrictions include a ban on out-of-state travel, restrictions on hiring consultants and renovating buildings, and a mandate that all purchases over $500 must be approved by the executive personally.
The measures should trim $5 million to $10 million from the $617 million budget, he told members of the Anne Arundel Trade Council.
Mr. Neall noted that neighboring Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties are facing deficits in the tens of millions of dollars "and I don't want to add Anne Arundel County's name to the list."
Anne Arundel's surplus is currently projected to be about $17 million when the fiscal year's budget ends on June 30.
Mr. Neall declined to rule out layoffs if economic conditions worsen.