No big Harford budget cuts for now, Craig says

March 10, 2010

After reporting a projected $8 million revenue shortfall in late January, when he announced an early retirement incentive program for county workers, Harford County Executive David Craig said Tuesday that he doesn't expect further drastic action during the fiscal year - despite $3 million in snow-removal costs and a $1.3 million decline in state income tax payments in February. "We've been pragmatic," he said, by leaving nearly 300 open county jobs vacant and attracting nearly 50 older county workers to the early retirement program. "We anticipated the second drop in income tax revenues," Craig said, and the extra snow-clearance costs can be offset by surplus funds without touching the county's $25 million rainy-day fund.

- Larry Carson

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