Baltimore Co. Council chief says panel will forgo raises

October 22, 1991|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

The Baltimore County Council chairman said last night that he's confident that the council members next month will agree to forgo their pending $1,800 raises.

Council Chairman Douglas B. Riley, R-4th, said he distributed a memo to council members yesterday seeking their position on a proposed resolution that would call for the seven council members to return their raises "as a show of solidarity" with the county workers.

The county's 8,000 workers received a 4 percent raise in January but had no raise the previous year. They also are not likely to win one next year with the county facing a $26.8 million deficit for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Council members earn $30,900 annually.

Under a pay package approved by a previous council, that salary would increase by $1,800 Dec. 1, by $1,900 in December 1992 and by $2,000 the next December.

Mr. Riley said last night that the resolution is part of an effort to cut the council's overall expenses by 3 percent. County Executive Roger B. Hayden has asked his department heads to come up with a plan for cutting 3 percent of their budgets.

Mr. Riley said he discussed the resolution with the other council members and is confident it will win the four votes needed to pass. "I think you'll find a consensus among council members for this," he said.

The county administration yesterday continued to grapple with the deficit, and will not hire 300 workers that were funded in the $1.1 billion budget, saving $5.8 million.

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