Neall ready for public soundings on what to cut from tight budget

February 22, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

County Executive Robert R. Neall is to take his show on the road this week to hear what his constituents have to say about programs that should be saved and those that should be cut as he reorganizes county government.

Mr. Neall wrote to community leaders in late January informing them of the four meetings and asking them to attend and list their priorities for the county's budget for the 1993 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The county executive pointed out that this will be the first budget to be affected by the property tax cap, which is expected to cost the county $10 million in lost revenue. In addition, the county will have to pick up $15 million in Social Security payments for teachers, librarians and community college employees that previously were paid by the state.

Total revenue to the county is expected to increase by $30 million in the coming fiscal year, but increasing school enrollment and public safety needs should eat up most of that, Mr. Neall said.

"For that reason, we will be able to afford only mandated programs and services and optional activities which are determined to be of the highest priority," Mr. Neall wrote. "Citizens' views of which nonmandated programs and services are least critical will be part of that determination."

All four budget meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Department heads will be available for individual consultation beginning at 6 p.m. No appointment is needed.

The dates and locations for the meetings are:

* Today: People's Resource Center, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, 100 Community Place, Crownsville.

* Tomorrow: Brock Bridge Elementary School, 405 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel.

* Wednesday: Broadneck Senior High School, 1265 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis.

* Thursday: North County High School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum.

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