The county executive has proposed killing five capital building or improvement projects to save more than $720,000.
The largest project County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann has proposed cutting is a new animal shelter for the county Humane Society -- one of the last capital building projects approved by the former council.
If the County Council approves killing that project it would savean estimated $500,000.
The savings are needed because the county must end the fiscal year, June 30, with a minimum of $4.5 million in its coffers to protect the coveted AA bond rating awarded the county by Moody's and Standard & Poor's, two bond rating houses.
The rating would be even better protected if the county ends the year with a 5 percent surplus -- $5.9 million, county treasurer James M. Jewell said.
Legislation to drop the financing for five capital projects was introduced at Rehrmann's request at the council's Thursday night meeting. Rehrmann has also proposed legislation that would transfer money from completed capital projects back into the general fund.
The council usually meets the first three Tuesdays of the month, but last week's meeting was changed due to Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
The other capital projects Rehrmann proposes cutting include:
*$60,000 for renovations to Level A of the county Circuit Courthouse to add a new judges' chamber. Rehrmann says this expense can be delayed because the additional judge seat has not yet been assigned to Harford.
* $90,000 for a countywide comprehensive traffic plan and community needs assessment.
* $69,760 to build and design a new entrance road into Harford Community College.
* $5,000 for planning an Edgewood/Joppa Senior Center.
Jewell said the center would not be dropped entirely. "Money for the senior center will come through the operating budget instead of through the capital budget," said Jewell. However, the Edgewood Lions Club has offered to build the center, county officials have said.
Money recouped from completed capital projects which will be returned to the general fund include:
* $100,000 left over from the Riverside library-office complex
* $30,000 left over from improvements to 205 Hayes Street county office building.
* $25,000 left over from the fund to build a parking lot at the Highland Community Center
* $8,200 left over from the Hickory I maintenance building
* $3,000 left over from the the central alarm building
* $23,800 left over from the mobile emergency center
* 3,200 left over from Bel Air Senior Center