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May 09, 2007


Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold sliced nearly $3.2 million in funding to local nonprofit agencies - including the Light House Shelter in Annapolis, Hospice of the Chesapeake, Partners in Care and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, in the fiscal 2008 budget he released May 1.

In his budget address, he said the county's grant program has ballooned 123 percent in the past four years to $5 million.

"In many instances, these grants had become political handouts," he said.

Leopold, whose budget theme was fiscal responsibility, later said that he's seeking more oversight of the money by putting some of it under the umbrella of county departments. He also said that local legislators' failure to support his proposal to tax rental cars cost the county $5 million and forced him to make some of the cuts.

Supporters of the agencies and charities have criticized Leopold, however, saying these cuts might force them to drastically scale back services or even shut their doors.


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