Budget cuts ravage county health board

September 27, 1992|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,Staff Writer

The reality of the latest round of state budget cuts hit the Baltimore County Board of Health last week as John M. Krager, the county's deputy health director, outlined the figures during the board's monthly meeting.

"I've been lying awake nights trying to figure out what to do about this," Dr. Krager told the board Friday.

According to Dr. Krager, the county faces losing $3.2 million in state funds out of the $15.5 million currently spent on non-mental health items. Another $200,000 would come out of a $12 million mental health budget.

Not included in those figures is the money the county will have to cut from the health budget to accommodate a loss in general state funding of more than $22 million. The multimillion dollar cut is part of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's budget reduction plan.

"This is almost unimaginable," Dr. Krager said of the situation. "It's a devastating cut." He said that "in some counties, the health departments may disappear."

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