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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Baltimore's budget director said Tuesday he's applied for a vacant seat on the Montgomery County Council - and will resign his position here if he is named to the council. Andrew W. Kleine, 44, of Silver Spring, is among the applicants seeking to fill Councilwoman Valerie Ervin's seat, who resigned on Jan. 3 to take a job at a nonprofit. “The opportunity was totally unexpected,” Kleine said. “As a lifelong public servant and longtime community leader, I could not pass up this exciting chance to serve in a new way. If I am selected, I would resign my position with the city to focus full-time on council business.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will unveil a proposed $2.5 billion budget Wednesday that would give city workers a 2 percent raise and - for the first time since 2008 - would not cut city services, officials said. The plan includes the latest installment in the mayor's 10-year plan to reduce property taxes by 22 percent. Officials said the city's stabilizing financial picture also allows $26 million in new capital investments, including $5 million in technology to allow police officers to file reports from crime scenes and their supervisors to better manage overtime costs.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 28, 2010
Howard County's fiscal woes could spill over into the next three budget years even with stringent economizing, a committee considering spending and borrowing recommendations was told Thursday. A computer model assuming only a 1.9 percent growth in education spending - which includes no teacher pay raises - would still result in red ink for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 before revenue is predicted to again outstrip expenses. And county officials are still trying to make up for a projected $13 million shortfall this fiscal year.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Baltimore's budget director said Tuesday he's applied for a vacant seat on the Montgomery County Council - and will resign his position here if he is named to the council. Andrew W. Kleine, 44, of Silver Spring, is among the applicants seeking to fill Councilwoman Valerie Ervin's seat, who resigned on Jan. 3 to take a job at a nonprofit. “The opportunity was totally unexpected,” Kleine said. “As a lifelong public servant and longtime community leader, I could not pass up this exciting chance to serve in a new way. If I am selected, I would resign my position with the city to focus full-time on council business.
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By Tyrone Richardson and Tyrone Richardson,Sun Reporter | December 8, 2006
Ron Weinstein, Howard County's longtime government auditor, was named the county's new budget director, officials announced yesterday. "Ron Weinstein's in-depth understanding of existing methodology allows us to hit the ground running as we look for resourceful ways to fund our priorities," said County Executive Ken Ulman in a statement. "His keen insight into the county's finances will prove invaluable as we proceed with the budget process." Weinstein, 60, was appointed county auditor in 1985 after six years as a management specialist and seven years as a supervisory auditor in the Prince George's County government.
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April 28, 1993
Pity the poor, pummeled, put-upon budget director. Administrations come and administrations go, and always the boss of the White House Office of Management and Budget seems to wind up in the dog house. The latest inhabitant of canine digs is Leon Panetta, one of the best of the Clinton crew, who is currently charged with committing candor.Mr. Panetta, a deficit hawk during his years on Congress, made the mistake of blurting out in the middle of Bill Clinton's Hundredth Day Week that the president's program is in trouble, a lot of trouble, partly because his boss must do "a better job of picking and choosing the battles he wants to go through."
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff writer | January 30, 1991
County budget director Steven D. Powell took a sobering story about county finances on the road yesterday.To 80 county business leaders, the management and budget director told his tale of declining revenues, increased expenses and exploding budgets that stand to make fiscal 1992 one of the toughest the county has ever faced."
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | March 13, 1995
Carroll's budget director is scheduled to explain the county's financial picture to county agency and department heads today at what is predicted will be a somber meeting."
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | December 7, 1994
Carroll County Budget Director Steven D. Powell is an experienced and polished public speaker, but he's nervous about his next engagement.The stint will be in Russia."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1998
Stanley Guild Jr., Baltimore County's first full-time budget director who held the post for 32 years, died Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital after a long illness and complications from a broken hip. He was 71 and lived in Monkton.A tall, thin man with strong opinions, a distinct Virginia accent and a love for government work, Mr. Guild professionalized the ++ county's budget operations starting in 1957, a year after the executive-County Council system of home rule began.He was hired by William E. Fornoff Sr., Baltimore County administrative officer, for $7,059 a year in May 1957, county records show.
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January 26, 2012
WESTMINSTER — The Board of County Commissioners this week opened its process for setting a budget for fiscal year 2013 with a review of the ups and downs of the local economy and their impact on the county. In a Jan. 24 presentation, Ted Zaleski, director of Management and Budget, said there are signs of an economic recovery, but it has been slow and not strong enough to have a significant positive impact on the budget. He told the commissioners that revenue projected for fiscal year 2012 is $2 million higher than originally budgeted, but property tax revenue, which is the largest contributor to the budget, is down 2 percent this year.
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By Julie Scharper and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
Baltimore officials are bracing for the potential of another round of deep budget cuts, as they draw up early spending plans to address a "significant" shortfall next year. City agency heads confirmed Thursday they were instructed to pare 5 percent of their spending as they craft preliminary budget proposals for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The mayor's press secretary stressed that the administration was in the "very early stages of the budget process," and said agencies would be asked to draft proposals for other financial scenarios as well.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2011
The package of taxes and fees crafted by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council members to meet a budget deficit last year is estimated to fall short of projected revenues by nearly $17 million — more than a third of the income that it was expected to generate — city finance officials said Tuesday. The city will receive $12 million less in income tax than officials had projected — most likely due to unemployment, officials said — and a controversial bottle tax is predicted to generate $1 million less than officials had expected, city budget director Andrew W. Kleine told council members at a hearing.
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By Larry Carson and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 14, 2010
Howard County's budget shortfall is growing instead of shrinking as the fiscal year enters its final quarter. A deficit that was projected two weeks ago at $13 million has swollen to about $20 million because of snow-removal costs and a decline in state income tax payments, county budget director Raymond S. Wacks told the County Council at a meeting Monday. "This is a difficult time for us," Wacks said. "We've had more snow than Buffalo this year." The council is to vote in April on a transfer of $1.3 million to help pay for snow removal, a move that would empty the county's contingency fund.
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By Jacques Kelly | March 12, 2010
George A. Piendak, the former Baltimore City budget director who was the longtime board chairman of a culinary arts school, died in his sleep Monday at his Charles Village home. He was 65. Born in New Britain, Conn., he was a political science graduate of Williams College. He earned a master's degree in comparative politics and administration at the University of Sussex in England and took doctoral courses at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined city government in 1970 as a fiscal policy analyst.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | March 9, 2010
Howard County's budget shortfall is growing instead of shrinking as the fiscal year enters its final quarter before ending June 30. What was a projected deficit of $13 million two weeks ago has swollen to about $20 million due to growing snow removal costs and a decline in state income tax payments, county budget director Raymond S. Wacks told the County Council at a meeting Monday. "This is a difficult time for us," Wacks said. "We've had more snow than Buffalo this year."
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Carroll County's budget director understands the sticker shock some towns are experiencing at news that they will receive no dollars in highway revenue from the county for the first time in 20 years.But the explanation is logical -- in a "counterintuitive" way, said Steven D. Powell, director of management and budget. He emphasized that he wasn't defending the formula, merely explaining it.Shock erupted at a Westminster Common Council work session Monday when the city learned it would receive no money this year under the county roads levy.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2005
After five months without a permanent budget director, Howard County has hired Jonathan Seeman, Prince George's County schools' budget director since 2003 and a former state official. He begins his new job Monday. The choice satisfies the county's need for an experienced person familiar with programs and budgets on state and local levels, and Seeman's desire for a new challenge. "For me, this was a step up, in that I was working for a county school system and this was a job with a county government," Seeman said.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | February 28, 2010
Howard County's fiscal woes could spill over into the next three budget years even with stringent economizing, a committee considering spending and borrowing recommendations was told Thursday. A computer model assuming only a 1.9 percent growth in education spending - which includes no teacher pay raises - would still result in red ink for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 before revenue is predicted to again outstrip expenses. And county officials are still trying to make up for a projected $13 million shortfall this fiscal year.
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By Janet Hook and Janet Hook,Tribune Washington Bureau | January 21, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Senate, acting within hours of President Barack Obama's inauguration, confirmed six of his Cabinet secretaries and his budget director, but postponed for one day a vote on the nomination of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, had objected to approving Clinton's nomination by voice vote - as the other nominees were yesterday - because he said he had continuing concerns about potential conflicts arising from foreign donations to the foundation of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
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