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September 29, 1992
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker has no stomach for a fight with Gov. William Donald Schaefer over the state's current budget problems.Mr. Ecker says he's resigned to the current crisis and asks only that the cuts be spread equitably among counties and that the state begin a systematic restructuring that will avoid painful and unexpected budget shortfalls in the future.Given Mr. Ecker's rational approach, what is left now is to consider the effects all of this will have on county residents and the services they have come to expect.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | December 13, 2009
The candidate chosen to replace Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen on the Anne Arundel County Council will cast an important vote in the slots debate just days after becoming the council's District 6 representative on Dec. 17. But the new council member, who will represent Annapolis for about nine months before having to run for re-election, will also have a role in shaping other legislation and voting on important issues like rezoning and the county's budget....
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | February 2, 1993
Carroll commissioners decided yesterday to make some decisions in private about cutting $3.4 million from the county budget.Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy forced the issue during a staff meeting, making a motion that all budget meetings be open to the public.The other two commissioners and the county's budget director didn't like the idea, and the motion died.Mr. Lippy suggested opening all budget meetings two weeks ago after a local cable TV reporter asked that the meetings be open.Commissioner Donald I. Dell was the most adamant about keeping some meetings closed.
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By Ruma Kumar and Susan Gvozdas and Ruma Kumar and Susan Gvozdas,Sun Reporters | April 30, 2008
Alicia Toloczko is waiting to hear if the school system will get enough money to save her daughter's school from losing four teachers and doubling some class sizes. Linnell Bowen, the director of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, is wondering whether she'll receive enough money to continue renovating the 75-year-old building.
NEWS
February 24, 1993
After last weekend's storm, Carroll County government has only 13 percent of its snow removal budget left, says Benton Watson, chief of the Bureau of Roads Operations.The total budget for the current fiscal year is $540,360.Mr. Watson said 112 county road crew members each worked 25 hours of overtime Sunday and Monday clearing roads after an eight-inch snowfall. The extra hours cost the county about $36,000, which depleted the overtime allocation.
NEWS
April 15, 1994
What a difference the election-year cycle makes. The new Harford County budget proposed by County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann includes cost-of-living raises for county employees (verboten in the first two years of her administration) and money to restore public library operating hours cut last year in an act of fiscal prudence.It's not just the four-year election cycle, though. The economy is moving toward recovery again, the shell-shock from stiff reductions in state aid has been accommodated, the imperative for a catch-up program in construction needs has been met. That allows for a looser hand on the reins, even if the executive predictably declares the 1994-95 budget to be "no-fat".
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | December 4, 1994
Baltimore County's new executive, council and court officials will be sworn into office tomorrow with high hopes but empty pockets, as lower than expected income tax revenues eat holes in the county's budget.The incoming executive, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, and seven councilmen will take the oath of office on the fountain plaza between old and new Towson courthouses at 11 a.m., weather permitting.In the event of rain, the swearing-in will take place in the ceremonial courtroom in the old courthouse.
NEWS
August 1, 1995
No one should be surprised that the Carroll County commissioners can't assemble a cadre of volunteers to draft the county's budget from scratch. Members of the business community begged off because the process -- reconstructing and justifying every item in the county budget -- would have required hundreds of hours over the next two months.From its inception, the plan to use citizen volunteers to build a budget from the ground up made little sense. No matter how astute the volunteers from the business community, they would not have been well-versed in the minutiae of county government programs and positions.
NEWS
January 19, 2003
Harford County residents may offer comments and priorities for the county's budget for fiscal year 2004 during a public meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Havre de Grace High School, 700 Congress Ave. County Executive James M. Harkins will conduct the two-hour meeting. Residents who cannot attend may submit written comments by Feb. 1 to Harkins at the Harford County Administrative Offices, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. "Budgetary priorities" should be printed in the lower right corner of the envelope.
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March 19, 2004
Budget director to outline fiscal recommendations The Carroll County Department of Management and Budget will present an overview of the proposed 2004-2005 budget at 10 a.m. March 26 in Room 003 at the County Office Building. Budget Director Ted Zaleski will review the factors that are driving his fiscal recommendations to the county commissioners. Those attending the session will have an opportunity to question county staff on budget issues. The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the budget at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | January 4, 2006
Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin will kick off a six-month endeavor tomorrow when he unveils his proposed 2007 fiscal year operating budget to the county Board of Education. The schools budget, Howard County's largest expenditure, is expected to exceed the current budget of $504 million. The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Education. "We have more students coming in, and we have more costs all the time. That is pretty much a given," school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan said of the increase.
NEWS
April 10, 2005
Last week's Speak Out question asked what should be done with the county's budget surplus, which will top $50 million for fiscal 2005. Not all of the surplus in budget up for grabs I was glad to see your April 3, 2005, question on the County Budget. We are always interested in public input, but I need to clarify a point. The projected increase in the budget from FY '05 to FY '06 is a little more than $50 million. Of that increase, the Department of Management and Budget recommended that the Commissioners focus the use of approximately $29 million on capital projects like roads and schools rather than adding on-going operating costs.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
Anne Arundel leaders have spent much of the year dreading this month, when they would have to hammer out the county's budget for next fiscal year. But with the budget season set to start tomorrow, County Council members have shifted their outlook from gloomy to fair. A combination of better-than-expected state funding and tax revenues from the booming real estate market should save Anne Arundel from severe cuts, council members said in interviews last week. "I'm not expecting things to be as bad as we originally thought," said Councilman Ronald C. Dillon Jr., a Pasadena Republican.
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March 19, 2004
Budget director to outline fiscal recommendations The Carroll County Department of Management and Budget will present an overview of the proposed 2004-2005 budget at 10 a.m. March 26 in Room 003 at the County Office Building. Budget Director Ted Zaleski will review the factors that are driving his fiscal recommendations to the county commissioners. Those attending the session will have an opportunity to question county staff on budget issues. The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the budget at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2003
Despite a boost in revenue from higher taxes and property assessments, the county faces fiscal challenges and uncertainties as it prepares a spending plan for next year, Carroll County's budget director said yesterday. The operating budget for the fiscal year that begins in July is projected to be $257 million, a 5 percent increase from this year's budget, said Ted Zaleski, director of the county's Department of Management and Budget. Most of the $12 million increase would pay for operating costs for the county school system, he said.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2003
Even with the General Assembly gone from Annapolis and the state budget momentarily balanced, Carroll officials remain nervous that state spending cuts could force last-minute changes to the county's budget. Under the spending plan approved by the General Assembly, Carroll would escape without serious damage, said county budget director Ted Zaleski. But the plan includes about $300 million in new tax revenue that could be wiped out by vetoes from Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. A $300 million budget hole could lead to cuts in state school spending and aid to local colleges, libraries and hospitals.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2004
Anne Arundel leaders have spent much of the year dreading this month, when they would have to hammer out the county's budget for next fiscal year. But with the budget season set to start tomorrow, County Council members have shifted their outlook from gloomy to fair. A combination of better-than-expected state funding and tax revenues from the booming real estate market should save Anne Arundel from severe cuts, council members said in interviews last week. "I'm not expecting things to be as bad as we originally thought," said Councilman Ronald C. Dillon Jr., a Pasadena Republican.
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By Norris West and Norris West,Evening Sun Staff | December 11, 1990
Howard County's budget picture grew more bleak when Gov. William Donald Schaefer unveiled his plan to close the state's $423 million budget gap.One Schaefer proposal, to reduce payments to local governments by $32.9 million, could slice another $1.7 million from the county's revenues and bring its projected deficit to nearly $20 million, said Raymond S. Wacks, the county budget administrator.County Executive Charles I. Ecker has scheduled a meeting with County Council members tonight in the council's conference room to explain the depth of the county's budget crisis, which has grown progressively worse the last two months.
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