Commissioners hear office wish lists

March 23, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The county Recreation and Park Department's wish list includes a landscape grading attachment, a bill counter and some overtime pay for maintenance workers, but none of those made it into a recommended $2.1 million budget for fiscal 1994.

Richard Soisson, the department's acting director, said the $1,600 grading attachment for a tractor was approved by commissioners a few years ago but was eliminated during budget cuts.

County employees want it for grading at parks.

The $1,300 bill counter, Mr. Soisson said, is needed to count money taken in during events at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Programs there drew more than 100,000 people last year.

Mr. Soisson asked for $3,000 for overtime for land management and maintenance employees who check parks on Sundays.

The items are on the county's so-called "issues" list and will be given further review, possibly for future years, commissioners said.

Overall, the department's budget is 1.53 percent less than the revised budget for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

During the budget hearing, the Carroll County Arts Council asked for $4,000 to buy a computer and copy machine. The equipment would help in the printing of a newsletter and other office tasks.

In another hearing, Martha M. Makosky, director of Carroll's libraries, defended administrative salaries after presenting a $3.6 million budget request for fiscal 1994. The amount is about $320,000 more than allotted in the current budget and is needed for the new Mount Airy library and to cover the loss of state dollars that used to cover Social Security for librarians.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said he thought library administrative salaries, including Ms. Makosky's, were too high. He was also concerned that entry-level salaries throughout county government were too low.

"I'm a little embarrassed at entry-level salaries," he said.

Ms. Makosky said the library system has four administrators, whose salaries range from $37,676 to $73,750. Generally, library salaries are below those of county and Board of Education employees, she said.

Hearings also were held on a $1.35 million request from the Office of the Comptroller, up 0.58 percent from 1993, and a $126,430 request from the Carroll Soil Conservation District, the same as the amount budgeted this year.

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