Department heads told to cut their budgets by 2 1/2 percent HARFORD COUNTY

October 30, 1992|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer

Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann told 27 county departments yesterday to find ways to cut their budgets by 2 1/2 percent because the county expects to lose $6 million in state aid this year.

The move marked the first time Mrs. Rehrmann has officially asked county departments to prepare for anticipated state cuts for this fiscal year. Department heads are to report to the executive by Nov. 11.

The plan to trim budgets by 2 1/2 percent would cut $3.7 million from the county's current $163.5 million budget.

Mrs. Rehrmann said Harford could offset the rest of the state spending cutbacks by using $2.3 million from the county's surplus.

Last year, state cuts also forced the county to trim 2 1/2 percent from its budget.

Mrs. Rehrmann said the county expects to lose another $6 million next year and that managers are being asked to make this year's cuts with next year's budget in mind.

The county Health Department, a state agency, was excluded from the 2 1/2 percent trimming because it has already lost more than $930,000 in state aid this year.

Mrs. Rehrmann said the county needs to provide $800,000 -- half

this year and half next year -- to allow the Health Department to maintain what she called basic services.

Mrs. Rehrmann said Harford Community College also was "excused" from the cuts because it lost $400,000 in state aid this year.

The executive asked the sheriff's department to trim only 1 percent because it lost $358,000 in state aid.

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