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Cecil County Commissioners Adopt Budget, 3-2; Moore Blasts Political “BS”–Mullin Says GOP Should Fight in Private

May 24, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners adopted the Fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday on a 3-2 vote, with lots of drama and accusations of “political BS.” The all-Republican board showed divisions as Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) blasted Board President James Mullin (R-1) and a burgeoning board majority he controls. She glared at Mullin and declared that she...
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Cecil County Farm Plan Could Put County On a $414K Hook

May 24, 2011

Cecil County could be on the hook for $414,500 if state rural land preservation funds don’t come through next year for a farmland easement deal backed by three county commissioners. At the least, the county would be fronting $620,000 for the Cecil Land Trust now to buy an easement on the Jacob and Virginia...
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Commissioners Cut Extra Half-Cent on Tax Rate; Cut Sheriff’s Budget

May 23, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners made an additional last-minute half-cent cut in the proposed property tax rate Monday but again refused to restore funds to the county public schools and proposed cutting about $260,000 from the Sheriff’s proposed budget. The actions came during a Monday worksession but the final vote on the Fiscal 2012 county...
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New Cecil County Ethics Code Could Alter Political Landscape [Cecil Times News Analysis]

May 18, 2011

An advisory panel has drafted an overhaul of the Cecil County ethics code that could significantly alter the local political candidate landscape, including requirements for candidates and elected officials to disclose their in-laws financial dealings. Mike Burns, the current chairman of the county Ethics Commission and , presented the draft proposal to...
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Cecil County Budget: Commissioners Make Sort-of Decisions, Clear as Mud

May 17, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners on Tuesday decided—sort of—to ease some education budget cuts, but to hang tough against the county Sheriff and dismiss pleas from the county library system. A majority also continued a cryptic campaign to cut funds and re-vamp the county’s Economic Development office, but without specifying their ultimate agenda. Amidst lots...
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Cecil County Commissioners Slapped on Wrist by State Open Meetings Panel

May 15, 2011

A state open meetings board has slapped the Cecil County Commissioners on the wrists for going behind closed doors in 2010 to hire a lobbyist to oppose two bills pushed in Annapolis by state Sen. E.J. Pipkin and Del. Michael Smigiel, both R-36, that would have limited the powers of county government leaders. In...
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Cecil County Commissioners Get Earful from Perryville Mayor, Dog Parents; Kilby Asks Farm $ Aid

May 10, 2011

It was a day for citizens—and a mayor– to vent at the Cecil County Commissioners, even before the annual ritual of two budget hearings Tuesday afternoon and evening. And as the county faces daunting fiscal challenges, a local land preservation group sought a $600,000 loan from the county. Commissioners steeled themselves for a long...
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Dillman Out As Head of Planning Group; Cecil County Ponders Taking in Orphaned Office

May 9, 2011

CHESTERTOWN– The Upper Shore Regional Council, which provides economic development and planning assistance to Cecil County and two other area counties, is facing financial problems and its long-time executive director will be laid off next month. Some Cecil County Commissioners want to take the floundering organization under the county’s wing, providing free office space...
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Seven Candidates Contend for Cecil County Circuit Court Judgeship

April 29, 2011

Seven candidates, including some well-known local legal names, have applied for a gubernatorial appointment to a Cecil County Circuit Court judgeship, according to the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts. Five of the candidates applied for the post before the deadline to do so on Thursday, while two others are carry-over candidates placed in...
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Cecil County Budget: Commissioners Spread Pain/ Cecil Times Special Report

April 28, 2011

The Cecil County Commissioners have drafted a Fiscal 2012 budget that would cut county public schools by $1.2 million, slash 4 percent off the county libraries’ budget, slice 3 percent from Cecil College funds, and force the county Sheriff’s office to absorb over $700,000 in lost state aid for work-release prisoners at the jail....
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Earleville Stream Project Could Cost Cecil County: A Cecil Times Special Report

April 20, 2011

An environmental group has asked the Cecil County Commissioners to assume ownership of a 72 acre pond and land on Mill Lane in Earleville as part of a long-stalled environmental project. But a Cecil Times review found the county could be on the hook for as yet unknown costs and a state grant that...
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Cecil County Budget Panel: Layoffs ‘Last Resort;’ Review Public Safety

April 19, 2011

A citizens’ budget advisory panel told the Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday that employee layoffs or furloughs should only be a “last resort,” public schools should be funded at a compromise level and rising public safety spending needs “further scrutiny.” It took weeks of political wrangling by the Cecil County Commissioners to name the five-member...
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CECIL COUNTY CHATTER: GOP Casting Call; Jobs, Coffee in Cecilton; Smigiel Strikeouts

April 14, 2011

Michael W. Dawson Answers GOP Casting Call Michael W. Dawson, who ran as the Constitution Party candidate for state Delegate in Dist. 34B last fall, is returning to the Republican Party fold and has answered the “casting call” of the local GOP Central Committee that is seeking to fill a vacant seat on the...
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Cecil County Farm Museum to Abandon County-Owned Site; Wetlands Problems Cited

April 12, 2011

Organizers of the long-stalled Cecil County Farm Museum, proposed a decade ago for a Cherry Hill-area site, have told county officials they will give up their lease on the county-owned land and look for another location. That action will leave the county holding an 84-acre property with access and wetlands problems that is now...
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Cecil County Commissioner Broomell Forced Out of Harford County Job

April 8, 2011

Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) has been forced to “relinquish” her job as manager of the Havre de Grace “Main Street” program because an executive panel of the group believed it posed a conflict with her elected position. William Price 3rd, president of the Havre de Grace Main Street organization, sent an emailed...
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