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Cecil County Council OKs New Budget; Political Tunes Counter Fiscal Harmony

June 4, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS “I don’t care too much for money/Money can’t buy me love.”–The Beatles The Cecil County Council voted Tuesday evening (6/4/2019) to approve County Executive Alan McCarthy’s proposed Fiscal 2020 budget, but not before some grandstanding and the political equivalent of tapping on a calculator with dead batteries. Sometimes, even if the numbers...
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Cecil County Council Punts, So Far, on Budget; No Public Sessions Before 7/4 Vote

May 29, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS In less than an hour on Tuesday (5/28/2019), the County Council reviewed the complex Fiscal 2020 budget proposed by the County Executive, with few questions, no spending cut proposals and just one advocate of raiding “fund balance” reserve accounts to lower the property tax rate by slightly over a penny—a move that...
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Cecil County Schools Get $4M State Aid Windfall but Still Sing Budget Blues; High Costs Limit School Security Upgrades

May 23, 2019

As the Cecil County Council moves into the final stages of its review of the new Fiscal 2020 budget, county school officials told Councilors they still face budget shortfalls despite nearly $4 million in newly confirmed state aid that boosts school spending by even more than the educators asked for. But higher than expected...
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Cecil County Schools Get Windfall from State Kirwan Aid, Boosting Budget Over Demands for County $; Library Touts Citizen Support

April 10, 2019

Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) will get about a $4.8 million windfall from new state aid, designed to be a “downpayment” on new educational improvement initiatives recommended by the state Kirwan Commission, in its new Fiscal 2020 budget—undercutting school advocates’ claims that students would suffer because the County Executive did not give schools everything...
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