From Tony Passaro, Bel Air Tea Party Patriots and H. LeRoy Whiteley Jr., Marylanders for Fair Property Taxation:
These reports, identifying redundant spending by the County, were brought to the attention of our County Council Members as well as to the County Executive in 2009.
Since that time, David Craig has stepped up to the plate and done yeoman’s work in reducing the counties’ budget and should be applauded for his efforts…(please see his latest Blog on the subject).
However, we have been advised by his office that in order to reduce the redundancies (another $36,000,000 in additional cutting), Executive Craig must have the full cooperation of the Council as well as the different entities involved.
Immediate action has been forestalled by the inevitable reluctance of certain Harford entities to come to the “Cost Cutting Table”. In fact, unless we change some “Things” those entities may never come to the “Cost Cutting Table” and the redundancies identified may never ever be eliminated.
Toward this end I am asking the full Council as well as the Tax Payers of Harford County to cooperate and come to the aid of our Executives and put pressure on those disparate entities (BOE, LIBRARY, SHERIFFS DEPT., The COMMUNITY COLLEGE, and the COUNTY GOVERNMENT) that are dragging their feet and not willing to give up their “PERKS” or cooperate with Craig in eliminating the redundancies.
Roy and I were advised that a special committee was to be formed with the task of making the required cuts in spending. We looked forward to serving on the combined Committee (local businessmen and a representative of each entity) that would create the plan of action to make the cuts identified in the spending.
The Committee must be formed before we waste anymore time…..without it the CUTS WILL NEVER BE MADE……AND NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN…………AND YOU WILL KEEP ON PAYING MORE THAN YOU NEED TO.
Roy and I attended several hi-level meetings where we it was indicated that results would soon be forth coming. It was indicated that the un-formed Committee’s work would be complete by the end of March 2011. I recently learned that now, nothing would be done until the end of April 2011. Yet another interminable delay.
The County Budget is due to be presented around April First 2011. I am concerned that the budget will be “Locked In” and “FROZEN” without the promised $36,000,000 in cuts being made.
I feel that about $36,000,000 (over 12 months = $3,000,000 per month) of the $68,782,000 in redundancies can be cut from County spending without affecting any public services.
Unfortunately, this cost cutting of redundant spending, because of the convoluted effort that it requires does not appear to be a high priority right now. There seem to be more pressing issues.
I, for one, am hard pressed, to identify a more important priority than that of “Cutting Costs”
We humbly request that “CUTTING THE REDUNDANT COSTS” be made the highest priority of the current Craig Administration and that pressure be brought by all of us to accomplish a speedy reduction of un-necessary expenses, in short “Lets Cut through the Gordian Knot” that is delaying us and get on with reducing redundant expenses.
Every month we delay the County wastes another $3,000,000 ($36,000,000 in the past year alone) of our hard earned tax payer dollars….and I am asking that WE ALL WORK TOGETHER WITH AND SUPPORT OUR COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO STOP THIS FOOLISH WASTE NOW!!!!!!