Harford County Councilman Dion Guthrie (District A) is urging citizens to ask County Executive David Craig to veto the amended FY10 budget. Guthrie raised the possibility of a veto in an email to supporters yesterday afternoon, noting that the budget had not yet been signed by the county executive. Guthrie said he would favor a veto to provide an opportunity for a review of budget cuts recently approved by a majority of the county council, and to restore funding to certain departments.
The Harford County Council approved cuts to Craig’s total proposed $811.6 million budget on May 29th. The cuts included a 5% reduction in operating funds for all departments and agencies except public safety and education, to support a decrease in the real estate tax rate.
Here’s the text of the email from Guthrie dated June 8:
As of this date the budget has not been signed by the County Executive. It is possible that he could veto the budget. I would be in support of this and would appreciate if you would send an email to the County Executive at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting him to do the same. This will give us a chance to go over those budget cuts that the Council approved by a 6-1 vote, myself being the only [one] who voted against the budget.
This is necessary so we can help restore the needed monies to the libraries, the State’s Attorney’s Office, Parks and Recreation, etc. Please send this email ASAP.
Councilman Dion Guthrie
Bob Thomas, spokesman for County Executive Craig said the budget amendments were currently under review by the county’s director of administration and the cabinet to determine the impact of the cuts approved by the council, but that there was currently “no indication of a veto”. Thomas said he believed Craig had until June 21st to sign off on the budget, which takes effect July 1.