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Trash Talk: Cecil County Landfill Fees Rise in Moore Budget; Users of Services on Path to Pay Full Costs

April 16, 2015

News Analysis Cecil County’s landfill operations have been racking up expenses faster than fees paid by trash dumpers, despite rate increases last year and previous efforts by County Executive Tari Moore to make trash services pay for themselves. In her new budget, Moore proposes more fee boosts to make landfill operations begin to stand...
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Cecil County Budget: Higher Fees, from Houses to Jukeboxes; Costs Rise under Moore Budget Plan

April 10, 2015

News Analysis Cecil County Executive Tari Moore’s proposed budget would boost fees and taxes on many aspects of local residents’ daily lives, from buying a new home to living in a “manufactured” house, to playing a video game or a jukebox. Some of the proposed fee hikes are modest, affect rather obscure services and...
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Judge Baynes Outlines Drug Court Program; Plea Bargains Limit Punishment Options

April 8, 2015

Cecil County’s Drug Court program is getting about a third of its participants off drugs and working to turn their lives around, but the culture of drugs in the county and plea bargains by prosecutors are an uphill struggle, Circuit Court Judge Keith Baynes told the County Council on Tuesday. Baynes, who serves as...
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Cecil County Sheriff Budget: Adams Reorganizes Agency, but County Exec Budget Could Limit Efforts

April 3, 2015

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Cecil County Executive Tari Moore cut nearly $1 million from the Fiscal 2016 budget proposed by Sheriff Scott Adams, who is looking to reorganize operations to better address the county’s crime and illegal drug problems. But the budget setback could undermine or delay some of the changes he wants...
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Cecil County Exec Proposes 2-Cent+ Property Tax Rate Boost; Schools Pleased with Budget, Sheriff Denied Deputies

April 1, 2015

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore proposed a Fiscal 2016 budget on Wednesday 4/1/15 that would increase property taxes, raise fees for dumping trash at the landfill, and boost public school spending for many, but not all, of the schools’ requests. The budget proposal would yet again tap the county’s “unassigned fund balance” reserves, which...
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Cecil County Sheriff Adams Advances Anti-Drug Efforts; Elkton, North East Top Drug Bust Areas

March 25, 2015

Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams is advancing multiple new anti-drug initiatives, seeking grants to pay for them, and using new federal resources to go after drug traffickers, the newly installed Sheriff told the County Council this week. Adams, who won an overwhelming victory in the November general election and took office last December 1,...
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Lt. Gov. Rutherford Listens to Cecil County, Shore Officials, Parents on Heroin Crisis; Task Force to Recommend Action Plan

March 18, 2015

The heroin and drug abuse crisis plaguing Cecil County and Maryland will require money, commitment by state and local governments and involvement of medical experts and families affected by drug abuse, local officials and area residents told a new state task force in Elkton on Tuesday. Cecil County Executive Tari Moore claimed credit for...
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Carrie L. Taylor Indicted for Theft, Perjury at Cecil County GOP Committee; State Prosecutor Charges Up to 25 Years in Jail

March 16, 2015

Carrie L. Taylor, the former treasurer of the Cecil County Republican Central Committee and a protégé of the old ‘Smipkin” GOP political machine, has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of theft, embezzlement and perjury involving the elected party committee’s finances. If convicted, she could face up to 25 years in...
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Rep. Harris Condemns Legal Pot, Challenges Medical Merits; Backpedals on Pushing Charges Against DC Mayor on Legalization

March 11, 2015

US Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) brought his anti-marijuana campaign to Cecil County this week, challenging the medicinal merits of pot for seriously ill patients and calling the state’s new medical marijuana program a stalking-horse for full legalization for recreational use. And while condemning the recent implementation of a voter referendum to legalize marijuana in...
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Cecil County Medical Marijuana Farm Proposed, Hodge’s Site Considered; State Oversees Facility

March 4, 2015

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT A high-tech medical marijuana farm could be located in Cecil County under a proposal from a Howard County businessman presented to county officials, including local health and law enforcement leaders. A possible site is owned by Cecil County Council President Robert Hodge (R-5). Carey Millstein, who has operated a...
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Mr. Hornberger Goes to Annapolis: Good Intentions, Rookie Mistakes

March 1, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS Del. Kevin Hornberger (R-35A) has withdrawn a controversial bill that would have authorized a four-year nursing degree to be offered by the two-year Cecil College, after college officials and members of the Cecil County Council criticized the freshman delegate for storming ahead with his bill without adequate consultation or understanding of fiscal...
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Cecil County Council Fires Shot Across Budget Bow at County Exec On $1.4 Million Extra Spending

February 24, 2015

Members of the Cecil County Council fired shots across the budget bow on Tuesday, warning the County Executive that they expect stronger cost-cutting steps in her new budget to prevent a recurrence of more than $1.4 million in over-budget expenses this year. At issue before the council members at a worksession in Elkton was...
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CECIL CHATTER: Hogan Green Bag Empty for Cecil County on Key Appointees; Last of Smipkins Depart Cecil GOP Committee

February 23, 2015

Gov. Hogan’s ‘Green Bag’ Appointments Bypass Cecil on Key Posts New Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently announced hundreds of appointments to various state boards and commissions as part of the annual “Green Bag” list of appointees sent to the General Assembly—but Cecil County came up short in any but the most local and required...
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Union Hospital Proposes Short Term Drug Detox Center; Could Seek County Subsidy

February 11, 2015

Union Hospital is considering creation of a non-profit entity in Cecil County to operate an 8 to 12-bed short-term drug detoxification program outside a hospital setting and may ask the county government to subsidize the operation, a hospital official told county leaders on Tuesday. At the same time, the hospital has already created a...
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Hogan ‘State of the State’ Gives Peanuts to Cecil County Road Aid; Tax Relief to Business,Veterans

February 4, 2015

Governor Larry Hogan delivered his first “state of the state” address on Wednesday 2/4/15, promising to reinstate some road aid to the counties—but the fiscal reality is that Cecil County might get just a few extra peanuts and not a substantive boost in state road and bridge repair aid that has been cut by...
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