Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 19, 2004

Budget director to outline fiscal recommendations

The Carroll County Department of Management and Budget will present an overview of the proposed 2004-2005 budget at 10 a.m. March 26 in Room 003 at the County Office Building.

Budget Director Ted Zaleski will review the factors that are driving his fiscal recommendations to the county commissioners. Those attending the session will have an opportunity to question county staff on budget issues.

The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the budget at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College.

The County Office Building is at 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-386-2082.

Commissioners approve command center purchase

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday the purchase of a mobile command center for the Sheriff's Office.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant will pay for the $209,254 command center, which will be used for drug enforcement activities.

The three commissioners also approved an appropriation of $459,694 to lay asphalt on two county roads that are about 4 miles long.

Plan urges commissioners to weigh long-term staffing

The Carroll County commissioners should consider long-term staffing and personnel needs when they consider budgets for future years, according to a plan introduced yesterday by the county personnel committee.

The commissioners are reviewing the proposed $259.5 million operating budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. They also make budget plans for the next five years.

The personnel committee recommended more than two dozen new positions over the next six years in agencies, including aging, facilities and road crew. Ted Zaleski, the county's budget director, said the plan will help the commissioners evaluate staffing needs as demand for services continues to increase.

Once the commissioners agree to future staffing, Zaleski said, costs can be built into operating budgets.

In the past, the commissioners looked at staffing on a year-to-year basis.

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