Balto. Co. gets federal money, but reluctantly $1.6 million for homeless accepted on 4-2 vote

March 04, 1997|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore County Council last night narrowly approved a bill to accept $1.6 million in federal funds to aid the county's hard- core homeless people.

The vote was 4-2 with one abstention.

Councilmen Louis L. DePazzo, a Dundalk Democrat, and Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville-Arbutus Democrat, voted against accepting the money the county competed with other jurisdictions to win.

Council Chairman Joseph Bartenfelder, a Fullerton Democrat, abstained, saying he opposes the program and agrees with his two colleagues that it is "too expensive a program for a small group of people."

The program is expected to aid 216 homeless people over the next three years.

Accepting the federal money just because it will go to some other jurisdiction if the county rejects it "sends the wrong message to Washington," Bartenfelder said.

He said he abstained from voting so as not to embarrass the administration because it was his duty as chairman to introduce the bill for the administration.

DePazzo put his opposition to the program more colorfully.

"We're over here milking the cow," he said, referring to local officials' habit of complaining about federal spending but taking all the federal money they can get.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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