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Cecil County Must Require Fire Sprinklers in New Single-family Homes; Hot Button Issue Returns

June 23, 2015

A local hot-button issue—mandatory fire sprinklers in newly built single-family homes—is back before the Cecil County Council, but this time the county will be unable to opt-out of sprinkler regulations that the old Board of Commissioners reversed over three years ago. As a result, there could be a rush to obtain building permits for...
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Cecil County Council Lobs Budget Ball Over Moore’s Net; Schools Get $ Love, But in Tennis and Politics Love = Zero

June 5, 2015

COMMENTARY The budget adopted by the Cecil County Council this week was the toughest top-to-bottom scrutiny of county government spending in the three years of Charter government, with one glaring exception: the public schools. And the only significant item eventually cut from the schools –tennis court repairs—became a symbolic issue as the Council fought...
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Cecil County Council Approves New Budget, Freezes Tax Rate; Schools Untouched, Sheriff Gets Last Minute Hit

June 3, 2015

The Cecil County Council approved a new Fiscal 2016 budget Tuesday night, cutting spending by over $2 million to kill a property tax increase proposed by County Executive Tari Moore. But the council’s deliberations went to the wire with a last-minute $150,000 spending cut in the county Sheriff’s Department budget that already had been...
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Cecil County Council Fine-tunes Budget: Tax Boost Killed, Tennis Courts Out, Some Cop Gear In

May 29, 2015

The Cecil County Council reached its goal on Thursday to block a property tax increase proposed by the County Executive, with extra money still available for possible last-minute additional tax relief for citizens or lowering healthcare expenses paid by county employees. After several hours of often chaotic number-crunching and cross-talk at an afternoon meeting...
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Cecil County Council’s Honeymoon with Exec is Over; Big Budget Cuts Loom in Bid to void Moore’s Tax Boosts; Citizens Speak on Budget

May 13, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS The budget honeymoon between the Cecil County Council and County Executive Tari Moore—which lasted for two years of minimal cuts in her budget proposals—is over. The Council is weighing a broad array of spending cuts, from big-ticket items to budgetary pocket change, to avoid or reduce Moore’s two-cent property tax rate rise...
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