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Montgomery's Leggett proposes mid-year budget cuts

Montgomery County

Schools, libraries, police and a host of Montgomery County departments would get a mid-year budget trim under a $30 million cost-cutting plan being proposed by county executive Ike Leggett.

But that would just be a small down payment on the far-reaching cuts needed to close next year's budget gap, which Leggett projected at nearly $370 million.

And Leggett said that big number could get bigger still. Next year's shortfall "may significantly worsen in the near future because of continued revenue deterioration and the very real potential for further and substantive reductions in State Aid," Leggett wrote to the county council, which can approve them, wait, or come up with new ones.

Among the proposed reductions: police would roll back its 2010 recruiting class from 47 to 36 officers, library materials would be cut by more than a million dollars, and public schools would take a $9.7 million hit.

For the full list of the proposed cuts, click here.

By Michael Laris  |  October 29, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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Where are the cuts to CASA De Maryland?

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