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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1994
Carroll's county commissioners said yesterday they would consider creating a few new jobs next year even though the budget director recommended against it.Budget Director Steven D. Powell said the county should not create any new jobs in fiscal 1995.Mr. Powell made his recommendation during a work session to discuss next year's county budget. Department and agency heads have asked for 28 new positions, which are expected to cost almost $1 million.The county needs the money in other areas, including a $2.5 million contingency fund for emergencies, Mr. Powell said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Council vote this week to trim $5 million from the school's capital budget has led school officials to allege that the cut was retaliation for a squabble last year. On Wednesday, after the school board reviewed more than three dozen projects in jeopardy because of the cuts, Superintendent Kevin Maxwell said the board now has "the most contentious relationship we've had with the council. " "How we're going to work together going forward is as much a question as where we are now," Maxwell said.
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By Tanya Jones and Kris Antonelli and Tanya Jones and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1998
The Anne Arundel County Council unanimously adopted a $699,120,000 operating budget last night that added no money for the school system above the county executive's proposal.In a late-night shuffle, the county administration found $520,000 in additional revenue for Anne Arundel Community College.Council members shifted nearly $7.1 million in the executive's proposal from various county departments and a construction project to nearly double the size of a county government contingency fund.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Anne Arundel County's budget process turned rocky on Friday, as the County Council cut $5 million from the school system -- a move the schools superintendent called a "spiteful and petty power play. " On a 7-0 vote, the County Council cut the school system's roof replacement budget from $2 million to zero, and the maintenance backlog budget from $4.1 million to $1.1 million. County Executive Laura Neuman's budget officer, John Hammond, opposed the cuts. The cuts represent a tiny portion of the school system's nearly $600 million budget.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | May 23, 2007
Howard County Councilman Greg Fox has attracted interest from Democratic colleagues for an idea to reduce the proposed fire property tax increase when the council votes at noon today on the county executive's $1.3 billion budget. Fox, a western county Republican, has proposed cutting $1.6 million from the fire department's rural contingency fund - enough to eliminate an extra 2-cent tax rate increase in the rural parts of the county without directly cutting fire services. The rural area of Howard pays slightly less in fire taxes, which are dedicated for fire department use, on the theory that without public water and sewers, residents there get slightly less in fire services.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | July 1, 1999
Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved use of $400,000 from the city's contingency fund yesterday to reinstate 16 of the 62 retired police officers laid off last month by the Police Department as a cost-saving measure.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said the city moved to rehire the officers -- who work as contractual employees with one-year agreements -- to help with the department's administrative duties and to keep as many officers as possible on the streets.Police officials and the police union hailed the decision as an important step in maintaining a strong police presence in the city.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | May 25, 2007
For all the weeks of study and debate, the hundreds of questions asked and dozens of amendments offered, the new Howard County Council made almost no changes in County Executive Ken Ulman's first budget, which takes effect July 1. In passing a $1.3 billion operating budget and a $354 million capital spending plan, the council's only substantial change was to remove $1.6 million from a fire department contingency fund and use it to limit the fire property...
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1998
In a rare appearance before the Anne Arundel County Council last night, County Executive John G. Gary introduced emergency legislation, asking the council to give the school board nearly $6.2 million in additional funding.Gary then asked the council to reject $5.8 million of that amount if the board doesn't fully explain why it needs the money.Gary's request, though grudging, effectively pre-empted legislation introduced by Councilwoman Diane R. Evans, urging Gary to seek the release of the money.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1994
Mount Airy's Town Council approved last night a $1.4 million operating budget for fiscal 1995 that holds the town's property tax rate at 60 cents per $100 assessed valuation.The property tax is expected to generate $660,000 in revenue for the town.Other sources of revenue include county and state grants and various fees.The current fiscal year budget is $1.1 million.The 1995 budget includes significant increases in the town's road reconstruction and contingency funds.For road repairs, official expect to spend $250,000 in fiscal 1995.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | November 4, 1990
County Administrator Buddy Roogow said this week he is concerned that a cruel winter could evaporate the 5 to 10 percent savings he is hoping to make in the county budget.Roogow's biggest worry is whether there is enough money in the county's contingency fund to cover expenses in the event of a prolonged cold snap or several heavy snowfalls.The county "does not have a lot of flexibility," said budget administrator Raymond S. Wacks. Only $410,000 is budgeted for snow removal this winter and that could be wiped out in just one or two snowfalls.
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By Kevin M. Maxwell | June 10, 2007
In 10 days, our Board of Education will put the finishing touches on a process the school system administration has been undertaking for some time: making painful cuts in the fiscal year 2008 budget that will have a direct impact on students. While County Executive John R. Leopold and others continue to imply that the county's budget provides us with funding necessary to move our school system forward, the devil is in the details. My respect for the county executive and the County Council notwithstanding, the orchestration of this spending plan puts our school system in a very precarious position.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | May 25, 2007
For all the weeks of study and debate, the hundreds of questions asked and dozens of amendments offered, the new Howard County Council made almost no changes in County Executive Ken Ulman's first budget, which takes effect July 1. In passing a $1.3 billion operating budget and a $354 million capital spending plan, the council's only substantial change was to remove $1.6 million from a fire department contingency fund and use it to limit the fire property...
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | May 23, 2007
Howard County Councilman Greg Fox has attracted interest from Democratic colleagues for an idea to reduce the proposed fire property tax increase when the council votes at noon today on the county executive's $1.3 billion budget. Fox, a western county Republican, has proposed cutting $1.6 million from the fire department's rural contingency fund - enough to eliminate an extra 2-cent tax rate increase in the rural parts of the county without directly cutting fire services. The rural area of Howard pays slightly less in fire taxes, which are dedicated for fire department use, on the theory that without public water and sewers, residents there get slightly less in fire services.
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | May 17, 2006
Howard County Council Democrats agreed yesterday on a way to funnel another $220,000 to county schools in next fiscal year's budget - enough to pay for a guidance counselor, a half-time psychologist and two more custodians. In addition, school Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin said he may be able to free enough funds already in the board's budget to hire one more guidance counselor in the school year that starts in September. He will make recommendations to the board tomorrow, he said. "That's what we're working on right now," Cousin said.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | January 15, 2006
Concerned about rising energy costs, Columbia village officials are urging the Columbia Association board to consider an energy contingency fund and other possible solutions as it moves toward a final vote on the association's proposed 2007 and 2008 fiscal year budgets next month. "We don't have an extravagant budget," Bill Woodcock, chairman of the Oakland Mills Village Board, said of his village's finances. "It's just enough to do what we have to do, and utilities are a major concern in the budget.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,sun reporter | September 21, 2005
Adel O'Rourke was prepared to walk into the offices of Robert A. Pascal Youth and Family Services on Monday morning and tell her staff of 11 that they were losing their jobs. But after getting advice from a member of the Anne Arundel County Council, the agency's executive director held off, instead asking the council that night for $150,000 to keep the facility open. O'Rourke said the fate of the 37-year-old agency - which offers services to help children and adults overcome drug and physical abuse, family conflict and depression and other mental illness - likely rests in the hands of County Executive Janet S. Owens.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1998
Hundreds of parents, frustrated by a budget feud between the county and school system that has resulted in slashed programs for their children, are expected to rally in front of theArundel Center on Monday night and call for more money for schools.Rally organizers began passing out fliers last week urging parents to gather at 6: 30 p.m. -- a half-hour before the County Council considers a resolution that even if passed has no power to change anything but which could pressure the county executive into releasing millions of dollars in his special contingency fund to the school board.
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | May 17, 2006
Howard County Council Democrats agreed yesterday on a way to funnel another $220,000 to county schools in next fiscal year's budget - enough to pay for a guidance counselor, a half-time psychologist and two more custodians. In addition, school Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin said he may be able to free enough funds already in the board's budget to hire one more guidance counselor in the school year that starts in September. He will make recommendations to the board tomorrow, he said. "That's what we're working on right now," Cousin said.
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2005
In a late addition to school construction budgets, state officials have said they will provide $1.3 million toward a Carroll County kindergarten building project in the coming year. The extra money -- which brings Carroll's total state allocation to $7.4 million -- is earmarked for classroom construction at Carrolltowne Elementary and will help school officials prepare the Sykesville school for all-day kindergarten by fall 2007. Carrolltowne had been on a list of schools where local school officials had hoped to construct additional classrooms this year to accommodate full-day kindergarten.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2003
The Carroll commissioners don't know how badly last weekend's snowstorm will overwhelm the county's snow-removal budget, but the county's budget director said yesterday that emergency funds should be able to cover the cost without wreaking financial havoc. But the county's eight municipalities - many with total budgets of a few million dollars - have less wiggle room, and several plan to seek relief from state and federal coffers. The county had spent about 80 percent of its $780,000 snow-removal budget before the storm, said budget director Ted Zaleski.
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