(Bel Air, MD – January 22, 2009) – – Harford County Executive David R. Craig will host a hearing on the FY 10 budget on Monday, January 26, 2009. The budget hearing is open to public and will be held at the Aberdeen High School. The session will commence at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.
“The purpose of this public budget hearing is to hear from the people of Harford County as to what is important for them and what they would like to see funded,” County Executive Craig stated.
Joining the County Executive for the hearing will be members of his cabinet and county budget officials.
The FY 10 fiscal budget will be prepared between January and late March of this year. It will be presented to the Harford County Council by April 1. The County Council reviews the proposed budget forwarded to them by the County Executive, and has the oversight to decrease or eliminate some budget items. The Council can only increase the budget of the Board of Education. The County Council is required by the Harford County Charter to pass the budget by June 30.
“We want to hear from the public, the taxpayers of Harford County prior to developing the budget,” County Executive Craig stated. “However, FY 10 will be a very lean fiscal year for the county and the state. Before we prepare the budget we are asking for public input,” Craig said.
Those wishing to speak during the budget hearing should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the session in order to sign in. Those addressing the County Executive and cabinet will be given three minutes to each their opinion unless representing an organization. Those speaking on behalf of a group or organization will be allotted five minutes to speak.