Hearings On 2nd Budget Planned For Next Month

October 24, 1991|By Elise Armacost | Elise Armacost,Staff report

Public hearings on Anne Arundel's second budget for fiscal 1992 willbe conducted through November, with a final vote on the new, reducedspending plan set for Dec. 2.

For the first time in county history, the county executive has asked to reopen the budget process in mid-year, in order to cut enough spending to cover a $17.2 million budget shortfall.

The Emergency Budget Authority Enabling Act, introduced before the County Council Monday by County Executive Robert R. Neall, would give him broad authority to cut spending. The bill also would reopen the county budget process by requiring all departments and quasi-independent agencies, such as the Board of Education, to submit new budgetsto Neall and the County Council.

The bill declares an emergency and gives Neall authority to lay off or furlough employees.

Maryland counties are reeling from drastic cuts in state aid, the result of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's move to cover a $450 million state deficit.

To meet the first round of state cuts, Neall has pared $9.3million from the $616.6 million budget the council adopted May 31. He is scheduled to announce those cuts today.

The following is a schedule of the upcoming budget process:

* Monday, Nov. 4 -- County Council to hold a public hearing and vote on the Emergency Budget Authority Enabling Act. Arundel Center, Annapolis, 7:30 p.m.

* Tuesday,Nov. 5 -- County labor unions and other employees who opt against wage cuts are scheduled to receive pink slips announcing layoffs. Unionlayoffs will be determined by seniority; non-union layoffs would be decided on the basis of job function.

* Thursday, Nov. 14 -- Neallto introduce new proposed county budget, complete with cuts, to the council. Arundel Center, 2 p.m.

* Wednesday, Nov. 20 -- Public hearing on budget bill, Old Mill High School, 7:30 p.m.

* Thursday, Nov. 21 -- Public hearing on budget bill, Arundel Center, 7:30 p.m.

* Monday, Nov. 25 -- Public hearing on budget bill, Southern High, 7:30 p.m.

* Monday, Dec. 2 -- Council to hold final deliberations and vote on amended budget, Arundel Center, 2 p.m.

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