Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

November 26, 2006

County honored for budget quality

Harford County has received a Budget Presentation Award from an American/Canadian financial group.

The Government Finance Officers Foundation of the United State and Canada presented the award after the county's budget for the current fiscal year received outstanding marks from a panel of financial analysts for the way the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

The group is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,000 government finance professionals in North America.

The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, an official said.

Highlights of the county's current budget are on the county Web site, www.harfordcountymd.gov.

New Web site promotes tourism

Harford County has begun a visitor Web site, Loveit! (www.harfordmd.com/enews.php), which features a video to promote tourism.

County Executive David R. Craig has announced that Harford will not open a county visitor center. The Office of Economic Development's tourism division will concentrate its efforts as the official destination marketing organization for the county.

Havre de Grace has a visitor and welcome center, and Bel Air will be opening a visitor center at the armory.

Information: 410-939-6631.

Commemorative bookmarks offered

Bookmarks commemorating the 60th anniversary of Harford County Public Library are being sold.

A solid pewter bookmark, designed with a die-cut library logo and dark blue tassel, costs $4.95 at any of the library's 11 branches and at the Library Store.

Information: 410-638-3151.

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