From the Cecil County Spending Project
Commissioner James Mullin and Michael Dunn today announced the release of their “Cecil County Taxpayer Protection Plan.” This plan would cut millions and millions of dollars from the budget if each of the recommendations were enacted. Mullin said that this plan should “serve as a starting point for discussion and debate on this year’s budget.” The Commissioners will be taking final votes on the budget later in May 2011 so they have approximately 3 months to make all budgetary decisions for FY2012. Michael Dunn said that “our responsibility [as Commissioners] is to make tough decisions in tough economic times; this plan shows that I am willing to make tough decisions and put everything on the table when we talk about cuts. I do not support tax increases and I will do my best to reduce spending at the county level to ensure that we keep taxes low in Cecil County.” Here is the proposal:
Cecil County Taxpayer Protection Plan
Proposed by Commissioner James Mullin and Commissioner Michael Dunn
As your citizen representatives, we were elected as County Commissioners to fight for you and to improve Cecil County government for the benefit of future generations. We realize that spending levels at the federal level and the state level are unsustainable and that county government cannot rely on federal or state funding to solve our budget problems. Historic aid received from the federal government and the state of Maryland is decreasing and likely to continue decreasing in the future. We must roll up our sleeves and make the tough decisions that the citizens of Cecil County elected us to make as Commissioners to balance the taxpayer budget and put the county on a sound financial path forward.
We realize that the only way to grow Cecil County’s economy while we currently have the highest unemployment rate in our region is to foster a favorable business climate here at home. Keeping taxes predictable and low is important in creating such a climate not only for businesses, but for consumers. We do not support increasing county tax rates to fund government programs. Because we believe in smaller government, lower taxes, and improved efficiency in government we are proposing the following budget actions be implemented in Cecil County for the FY 2012 budget to help our county keep taxes low and spending in check as we continue to deal with difficult economic times. The budget items listed below amount to more than $10 million dollars in spending reductions and would lead the way toward keeping taxes low and reducing government waste in Cecil County.