Harford County Maryland
Harford County, Maryland
Harford County Maryland  
Harford County Maryland
David R. Craig, Harford County Executive
Harford County Maryland
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News From Harford County Government - December, 2013
December 2013 Edition

Budget Process for FY15 Kicks off with Public Input Session

Approximately 250 citizens attended my annual Budget Input Session held Monday, November 25, 2013 at Fallston High School with approximately 60 people offering comments to me and members of my administration. I thank all of the county citizens who spoke at and attended the session. It is vital that we hear from citizens regarding what they would like to see funded before we begin to craft the budget for the coming year.

In the past, the public input session had typically been held in January. This year, the Administration decided to hold it in November to allow for public comment before the budget begins to take shape.

This year we heard from many public school teachers and parents who shared their desire for more county funds to be allocated to the Board of Education. We also heard from advocates for Parks & Recreation programs, as well as a representative of the Deputy Sheriff’s Union.

Over the next few months I and my staff will formulate the FY 2015 budget taking into consideration the comments received from citizens at this hearing. We will also take into consideration county revenues, increases in the costs of doing business and budget requests from county departments and outside agencies.

Recently, our Treasury Department obtained information from the state regarding our projected revenue for the coming fiscal year. Property tax revenues for FY15 are expected to be flat or slightly lower than in the current fiscal year, while income tax revenues are projected to show a marginal increase. In total, the preliminary revenue projections for FY15 indicate a slight increase of approximately $7.6 million. The total approved revenues from all funds and sources in the current year’s operating budget amounted to $640.3 million.

As in previous budget years, county appropriations must match revenues received. In the current year’s budget, the modest revenue increase was offset by increases in healthcare, pensions, and other costs of doing business, as well as expenditures mandated by the state. These expenses can be expected to increase similarly next year as, for example, the county’s share of the costs of teachers’ pensions is mandated to increase in the coming fiscal year by $500,000 to $7.5 million, a cost formerly covered by the state. In addition, county government’s costs for employee healthcare are expected to increase by 10%.

In January, we will hold meetings regarding the budget with each individual department and county-funded agency to discuss their performance and budget requests. My proposed budget must be submitted to the Harford County Council by April 15, although I plan to submit it by April 1. The Council will then hold hearings with each of the departments and agencies in April and/or May, and will hold public hearings to obtain additional citizen input. The budget and tax rates for the Fiscal Year 2015 must be approved by June 15, 2014.

As always, we must balance the divergent wants and needs of our community with the resources provided by our county’s taxpayers. I appreciate and value the comments provided by the taxpayers of Harford County at the input session and throughout the upcoming budget process.

Cordially,

County Executive David R. Craig Signature

Harford County Executive

County Executive Craig Discusses Preliminary Revenue Projections for the FY15 Budget
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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY - "Growing & Sustaining Harford's Prosperity"

Foster an environment within government that encourages financial opportunity and supports private sector ventures that diversify Harford's economic base in new and existing businesses.

EDUCATION - "Preparing Now, Building for the Future"

To make long term investments in education by ensuring that children have a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and to encourage and promote the availability of academic and technical programs that prepare all students to compete in the global marketplace.

EFFICIENCY IN GOVERNMENT - "Governing Smarter"

Identify and develop best practices to maximize limited resources and improve the delivery of services to citizens, businesses, and government agencies.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP - "Protecting our Environment"

Protect and preserve the County's environment through efficient use and reuse of its resources.

PUBLIC SAFETY - "Ensuring a Safe Harford"

To ensure that Harford County's Public Safety services have the necessary tools and training to meet the County's growing demand for emergency services.

QUALITY LIVING - "Safeguarding What is Important to Harford County Citizens"

Cultivate life enhancing amenities and necessary infrastructure that enriches the lives of Harford County citizens and neighborhoods through sound planning practices, investments in parkland and recreation, and promotion of community spirit and cultural arts.

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Harford County Offers Permanent Prescription Drug Box for Unused Medications

The Harford County Department of Community Services’ Office of Drug Control Policy has teamed up with the Maryland State Police to offer a permanent drop-off box for unused prescription drugs at the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig and State Police unveiled the new drop box on Wednesday, November 20 at the Bel Air Barrack located at 1401 Belair Road, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.

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Harford Transit LINK's James Ports Named MD Transportation Administrator of the Year

The Transportation Association of Maryland, Inc. (TAM) has selected Harford Transit LINK Administrator James Ports as the 2013 Administrator of the Year.

Ports was praised for his dedication to improving mobility and access to economic opportunity for Harford’s citizens. He was acknowledged as a strong leader and innovator who was greatly admired by all who come in contact with him. He was further recognized for the successful rebranding of Harford Transit LINK, which helped increase awareness and ridership on the system.

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Public Hearing Slated on Proposed Expansion and Recertification of the Edgewood/Joppa Enterprise Zone

The public is invited to comment on the proposed expansion and recertification of the Edgewood/Joppa Enterprise Zone. A public hearing will be held at the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct, 1305 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood, MD 21040, on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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911 Dispatchers Help Deliver Baby Girl

Harford County 911 dispatchers with the Department of Emergency Services, recently assisted with an Abingdon family’s childbirth. Aubree Mae Kulaga was born at 7:59 a.m. on November 7 following a call to the 911 Center at 7:52 a.m. Emily and Matt Kulaga of the 400 block of Oakton Way are the proud parents of the baby girl.

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County Executive Craig Discusses Upcoming Budget and County Initiatives in Comcast Interview

Yolanda Vazquez speaks with David Craig, the County Executive for theHarford County Government, about preserving Harford’s past and promoting Harford’s future.

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Moores Mill Road Reopens to Traffic

Moores Mill Road from Conowingo Road (Business Route 1) to Southampton Road in Harford County has reopened to traffic effective at the close of business on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

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Janet Wright Named Harford County Employee of the Month for December 2013

Harford County Department of Community Services - Office on Aging employee Janet Wright has been named the Harford County Employee of the Month for December 2013. Wright is the Senior Health Insurance Programs Coordinator.

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Robert Andrews Named Harford County Employee of the Month for November 2013

Harford County Department of Community Services employee Robert Andrews has been named the Harford County Employee of the Month for November 2013. He works as a Manager with Harford Transit.

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