Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

December 24, 2006

Craig reports fundraising totals

County Executive David R. Craig's final campaign fundraising report - reflecting contributions received in the days leading up to the election - has been posted on the Maryland State Board of Elections database, about a month after it was due. Craig's chief of staff, Aaron N. Tomarchio, said the report was delayed because of a clerical error by the state.

The report shows Craig had no trouble collecting last-minute cash - the report lists more than $130,000 in contributions collected between Oct. 24 and Nov. 17. Most came in chunks of $1,000 or more from businesses, developers and attorneys, the report shows.

Overall, Craig collected $584,000 for his 2006 campaign, outpacing the $474,000 collected by County Executive James M. Harkins in 2002. Craig defeated Democrat Ann C. Helton by just more than 4 percent of the votes this year.

Craig's top contributors did not suffer from campaign fatigue - in fact, many might have saved the best for last. The Dresher family, which owns several restaurants and hotels, kicked in $3,700 in the final weeks to bring their total for the campaign to $12,800. The Klein family, which owns Klein's supermarkets, contributed $6,000 to bring their total to $10,000.

Developer Clark P. Turner gave at least $11,950 overall through individual and business contributions, and companies associated with Columbia-based Manekin - which collaborates with Turner in Harford and Cecil County - contributed at least $6,000.

Justin Fenton

Budget hearing set for Jan. 11

A public hearing will be held Jan. 11 to give residents an opportunity to voice comments and funding recommendations for next year's county budget.

The session will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Fallston High School, 2301 Carrs Mill Road, and will be attended by County Executive David R. Craig and top members of his administration.

Residents unable to attend are encouraged to send recommendations in writing to Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Harford County Government, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014.

Print the words "FY08 Budget" in the lower left-hand corner of the envelope. Comments must be received by Jan. 31, 2007.

Fulkrod named to IRS advisory panel

Steve Fulkrod of Bel Air was recently selected by the Treasury Department to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee.

Panel members listen to taxpayers, identify concerns and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction during a three-year term.

Fulkrod is one of 100 volunteers named to the panel. He will work on issues raised by Maryland residents by serving on the Area 2 geographic committee, as well as issues related to IRS notices that affect all taxpayers across the country.

Fulkrod is vice president of finance and operations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, which has its headquarters in Baltimore.

TAP members devote 300 to 500 hours yearly to the panel.

Library fundraiser brings in $83,500

The Harford County Public Library Foundation recently held its second annual gala, "Harford Sparkles: An Evening in the Stacks," celebrating the library's 60th anniversary.

The 500 people who attended and 35 sponsors raised more than $83,500, nearly doubling the amount that was raised last year.

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