Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville


February 17, 1993

Panel asked to distribute cuts evenly

Users of the county's athletic fields and parks have asked the Anne Arundel County Recreation Advisory Board to spread expected cuts fairly among groups receiving services from the county's Recreation and Parks Department.

The seven-member board, appointed by the county executive, invited the public to the meeting at Old Mill High School Sunday to air their concerns over budget cuts. The board, which meets monthly, helps oversee policy-making.

Nearly 150 people attended the session. Representatives from recreation groups also reminded the board that failing to provide programs for county youngsters could end up costing even more in law enforcement if they are not given something to occupy their time in a productive manner, said Jay Cuccia, assistant to the Recreation and Parks department director.

County Executive Robert R. Neall has asked all county department heads to cut their budgets for the next fiscal year by 3 percent.

Spokesmen for most of the county's major recreation groups and volunteer groups that use park facilities testified at the two-hour meeting, Mr. Cuccia said. Special-interest factions, such as those pushing for continued karate lessons, also asked the board to keep their needs in mind.

"They urged us to make sure no one program was cut back, that we spread the cuts as evenly as possible," Mr. Cuccia said.


* West Riverdale: Vandals slashed the tires of a 1988 Mazda and a 1980 Chevrolet van parked in the 100 block of Joanne Road Sunday night.

* Riverdale: Vandals slashed the tires on a 1991 Plymouth Duster parked in the 300 block of Crandell Road Sunday.

* Arnold: Thieves took the rear license plate from a 1989 Ford Escort parked in the 1000 block of Brightleaf Court Sunday.

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