Leggett Seeks $50 Million in Mid-Year Cuts
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has called on government department and agency leaders to make mid-year budget cuts of $50 million to conserve resources to cope with a projected $250 million shortfall for fiscal 2010.
He cited anticipated declines in revenue and "the very serious and continuing national economic turmoil."
About half of the planned trims will come from general government operations in the range of 1-to-2.5 percent of spending. Leggett has requested another $19.4 million in trims from the county's public schools.
The mid-year belt-tightening comes one month after Leggett announced that he would force government workers to stay home for two days of unpaid time off to shave $6 million from the fiscal 2009 budget.
Last month, Montgomery County School Superintendent Jerry D. Weast imposed a freeze on many categories of hiring and spending to account for higher than anticipated fuel costs and rising enrollment.
Weast's chief of staff Brian Edwards said of the mid-year cuts yesterday, "We will continue to save all that we can, but we can't make any promises as to what the ultimate amount will be. We're operating on a pretty lean ship."
Leggett plans to present his recommended budget trims to the County Council next month.
October 9, 2008; 10:34 AM ET
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