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Staff Reports | February 26, 2014
County Executive Laura Neuman will host a town hall meeting regarding the upcoming county budget process tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Deale Community Library, 5940 Deale Churchton Road from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All residents are invited to atend. For more information contact Kristy Altomare at  410-222-1095  or kaltomare@aacounty.org . Those who require accommodations may contact Jill Bezek at 410-222-4383  or Maryland Relay 711, or email at  agbeze83@aacounty.org . Materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Council approved a spending plan Friday that includes a small property tax break and funding for teacher raises, more police officers and firefighters and additional grants to nonprofit groups. The $1.35 billion operating budget and $242.5 million capital budget go into effect July 1 and will include a property tax cut of 0.7 cents per $100 of assessed value, which amounts to savings of $18.59 per year on a typical county home worth $265,500. The county's income tax and water, sewer and trash rates remain the same.
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March 22, 1992
Three public meetings will take place next week to solicit comments about the county budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.The meetings will be: Tuesday at Old Mill High School, Wednesday at Crofton Elementary, and Thursday at Annapolis High.All three sessions will begin at 7:30 p.m. Written testimony on the budget will be accepted until April 1.County Executive Robert R. Neall's budget is due to be submitted to the County Council May 1.The council will then have its own hearings and must approve a final budget by June 1.
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Staff Reports | February 26, 2014
County Executive Laura Neuman will host a town hall meeting regarding the upcoming county budget process tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Deale Community Library, 5940 Deale Churchton Road from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All residents are invited to atend. For more information contact Kristy Altomare at  410-222-1095  or kaltomare@aacounty.org . Those who require accommodations may contact Jill Bezek at 410-222-4383  or Maryland Relay 711, or email at  agbeze83@aacounty.org . Materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
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By Elise Armacost and Elise Armacost,Staff writer | February 12, 1991
Dennis H. Parkinson, a top state budget officer, was named Monday tohead Anne Arundel's budget department.Parkinson's appointment comes less than three weeks after County Executive Robert R. Neall pushed a bill through the County Council increasing the allowable starting salary for top-ranking administrators hired from outside county government.The bill was designed specifically with Parkinson in mind. Neall has been wooing him ever since former county budget officer Marita Brown resigned to take a post in another county.
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By Elise Armacost | December 3, 1991
Anne Arundel Executive Robert R. Neall won his battle to reduce the county budget yesterday by making a promise he doesn't expect to have to keep.The County Council unanimously approved Mr. Neall's revised fiscal 1992 budget, but only after the executive agreed in writing to restore $6.6 million in wage concessions if the county suffers no further cuts in state aid.That possibility, Mr. Neall said, is akin "to the sun rising in the west. I don't have any doubt as to what the state's going to do."
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By KEVIN THOMAS | December 12, 1993
With the holiday season underway, thoughts naturally turn to gifts -- the giving and receiving of them, that is.That spirit has certainly infected Howard County government, as a host of special interest groups and individuals came forward last week to thrust their wish lists before local elected officials. Not surprisingly, every body, it seems, wants something.Education advocates want more money for schools.Animal lovers want more for Animal Control.Environmentalists want more for solid waste management.
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By Elise Armacost and Elise Armacost,Staff writer | November 10, 1991
the most publicized local effect of the recession -- are, perhaps, the least likely to affect citizens.Only three Detention Center guards, six Health Department and three upper-management employees havelost their jobs -- which means no fewer teachers, cops on the beat, firefighters, librarians or road workers. Certainly those 11,000 county workers who have accepted pay cuts or furloughs will feel something. But if county budget officials are taken at their word, the average person on the street should notice little, if any, difference.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff writer | November 28, 1990
County government officials may ask the school system for help in cutting expenses to cope with a projected income gap that could reach $18 million, but Superintendent Michael E. Hickey says the public schools don't have much money to spare.Hickey said if a request for cuts in the 1990-1991 operating budget comes from County Executive-elect Charles I. Ecker, school officials will see if they can reduce non-personnel expenses and possibly put off filling non-teaching vacancies."It's not going to be possible to do very much because most of our budget is people, and those people are already hired.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1995
Want to tell the top elected official in Howard County how to spend your tax money?Come to County Executive Charles I. Ecker's annual fall budget meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the George Howard Building, which is in the county government complex in Ellicott City. Mr. Ecker is preparing the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.But his assistant stressed Friday that there is no money for new programs."The cupboard is bare," said Beverly Wilhide.This year she hopes to receive suggestions on how to cut government spending.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
County Executive Laura Neuman is hosting a series of public meetings on next year's county budget -- sessions are being held in advance of the budget unveiling on May 1. One meeting will be held this Wednesday, Feb. 19, in conjunction with the county executive's “community connections” event at Old Mill High School, 600 Patriot Lane in Millersville. The community connections event, which offers a chance to meet with Neuman and department heads, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The budget meeting will be at 7 p.m. Another budget session will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Deale Community Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Road in Deale.
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Staff Reports | September 30, 2013
Baltimore County officials are scheduled to break ground Tuesday, Oct. 1, on the Gough Park on Honeygo Boulevard. The 17-acre park will feature athletic fields, walking trails, a comfort station and pavilions. Officials said development of the site is intended to address a shortage of playing fields in the Perry Hall area. The park is expected to be completed in about a year. Last spring, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz included $5.6 million in the county budget to finish the park.
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July 3, 2013
In my career with the Howard County Public School System, I had the opportunity to work with many dedicated advocates for education. I had the privilege of watching one of them, Courtney Watson, grow from concerned parent who wanted a fence between the playground and parking lot at Ilchester Elementary School, to a community organizer for additional schools, to a school board chairman overseeing the system at a challenging time of transition, to...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Anne Arundel County's government e-mail system is back up an running today, according to Tracie Reynolds, a county spokeswoman. The system was shut down on Friday night so that information technology workers could fix problems with the system. Last week, government workers and elected officials encountered issues with the system, including delays in sending and receiving messages or messages not going through. The shutdown came at a busy time for the County Council, whose members are getting a lot of e-mail messages about issues such as the county budget, which is scheduled to be finalized on Tuesday.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 28, 2013
Teachers and others concerned about county funding of the 2014 school budget were expected to stage another protest at Tuesday night's Harford County Council meeting in Bel Air. With time running out in the budget review process, the 1 percent pay increase the teachers union negotiated earlier this year with the Harford County Board of Education appears to be in jeopardy after Harford County Executive David Craig declined to fund the entire increase...
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
The Howard County Council adopted a $923.5 million general fund spending plan Thursday that increases allocations for schools and police while not raising income or property taxes. The council voted 4-1 to approve the budget, roughly $2.7 million higher than the proposal made a month ago by County Executive Ken Ulman. The dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Greg Fox, the council's lone Republican, who criticized spending practices several times during the two-hour session. Fox wrapped up his remarks after the vote with a display of black, pointy wizard hats, each representing a new fund that he said appears suddenly, as if by magic, every year in the budget while some basic needs go unfunded.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1997
A dozen members of Lutherville's Boy Scout Troop No. 711 attended the annual Baltimore County Council budget hearing last night to learn about citizenship, and they did:Their contingent made up one-third of the audience in the Loch Raven High School auditorium.And with only 11 speakers signed up to comment on county spending by the scheduled 7 p.m. starting time, the annual meeting that a few years ago attracted overflow crowds of 1,200 or more impassioned people was over by 7: 35 p.m. -- the quickest anyone could remember.
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By Darren M. Allen and Anne Haddad and Darren M. Allen and Anne Haddad,Staff writers | February 17, 1991
When the Carroll County General Hospital board of directors agreed last week to pay the county an overdue bill for a $7 million loan, it did more than ease concern over the hospital's financial health.The decision prevented a widening of the county's $3 million budget hole and buoyed confidence in the hospital's ability to handle paymentson the more than $9.4 million in loans it took out from the county this fall."We view ourselves as very financially solid," Kevin Kelby, the hospital's vice president for finance, said Friday after the board announced it would remit the $563,300 payment it has owed the county since January.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Baltimore County Council members formally adopted a county budget Thursday that they say focuses on basic services while keeping the county's property tax rate flat for the 25th year in a row. The council unanimously approved County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's $2.8 billion operating budget and $339 million capital budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Kamenetz and council members said they homed in on public education, public safety and infrastructure. "Despite slow growth in revenues, our government has maintained services at the level our citizens demand," Council Chairman Tom Quirk said in the council's budget address.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman embraced a message of change in proposing her first county budget Wednesday, describing the $1.3 billion operating budget as an effort to reverse a government that had fallen "way behind in culture, attitude and investment. " Neuman, who was appointed executive by the County Council in February to replace John R. Leopold after he was convicted in January of misconduct in office, told the packed council chamber, "We will not be defined by a past of scandal and mediocrity.
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