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Cecil County, MD

Cecil Co. Budget: Panel Says No Employee Layoffs, Give S...

Jackie, the commissioners are considering cutting all department budgets. "Everything is on the table" is Mr. Mullin's quote. Both state & federal money has been cut from education. Make no mistake, the commissioners will do everything in their power to cut the CCPS budget from flat funding. The committee just "suggested " another million dollars in cuts for education. That would take their funding of CCPS very close to maintenance of effort without using that term. Why will the commissioners do that, you ask? Because it is easier than changing their own healthcare plan and it won't touch their personal pockets. The vote will be 3-2. Go to CCPS.org and study the budget (posted for all to see). CCPS has been proactively tightening their belt for several years. Energy, health insurance, eliminating positions through attrition & more. The commissioners should use them as an example of HOW to conserve without devastating families by placing heads of households on unemployment. Yes, employees have received minuscule pay increases. Teacher retention is a positive step in providing quality education for our children. Is the CCPS payscale near the top of ed systems to work for in close proximity to us? NO. If the county had any serous interest in cost savings, they would have made changes to their healthcare plans. The committee offered that as a million dollar cost savings measure. The committee stated layoffs & furloughs should be a last resort. They did NOT say layoffs & furloughs should be a last resort EXCEPT for the school system. Our kids deserve a quality education. I do not have the money to send my children to private school.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #13)

Cecil County, MD

Cecil Co. Budget: Panel Says No Employee Layoffs, Give S...

Wow! A Topix blog with intelligent content? I'm thrilled and shocked! Do we really need 5 commissioners? The votes are always 3-2 so couldn't we really screw up the county with just the 3 amigos and leave the other two out? I've attended meetings where officials don't even pay attention. They just send text messages during other agency presentations. They pop in late on a regular basis. Obviously the 3 don't even need to attend meetings, they know how they will vote. They just bent Hodge over regarding his rezoning requests. They just screwed the entire community at Carpenter's Point. Where will it end? Our kids educational opportunity will be gutted? Great. If the county government wanted to save ANY money, wouldn't the revised health benefits plan have helped? What's a million dollars in savings anyway when they can just cut education by a million dollars! Do any of them have children attending our public schools? Not all of us can afford to send our kids/grandkids to private school. These arrogant puppets will rob my children of a decent education and they could care less! The community needs to come together and try to stop it. Write, call, email, snail mail----- but you better do it before May 1 or it will be too late. Please help the kids in Cecil County.  (Apr 22, 2011 | post #8)

Cecil County, MD

Commissioners Mullin and Dunn Propose Over $10 Million in...

Don't know Halter but if he's all that you say, he should know if you jump into bed with a bunch of slimeballs, you could get slimy. We surely need all the strong, intelligent citizens we can find to help. Thanks to the advisers who are willing to help. Let's hope they don't sell us out.  (Feb 20, 2011 | post #14)

Cecil County, MD

Citizens' budget advisors dissed by Smipkin clones?

Smipken puppets having their strings pulled! Our County is facing a nightmare! We should now be known as Smipkenville County, land of NARCISSISM. They like reading about themselves and pushing people around. They are pigs who somehow seem to flourish locally. They have no credibility in the State. They released this "bomb" to stir things up. Dropping an ax on the budget BEFORE there is even a budget presentation is simply rude & irresponsible. We ALL need to be more frugal. However, if you need public safety, you count on them being able to respond--- EMS, Fire Dept & law enforcement. What if one of those vehicles breaks down on the way to your house? Heart attack? Kitchen fire? Intruder? What will the consequence be? We're in BIG trouble here. Vindictive, angry, silly BIG men have their hands deeply in the till. Can people really believe they will "return money" to the taxpayers? Mullin sneering at Janney, "Here you are, the new dog catcher!" How outrageous. I really don't want that kind of person representing our citizens' best interests. BIG, really BIG TROUBLE.  (Feb 20, 2011 | post #6)

Elkton, MD

Selling my Home

I don't understand... You began looking for a realtor in February 2010? Surely, you found one, listed your house for a reasonable price, sold it, got the money in hand (unless you're upside down) and bought a new home. If you didn't, why not?  (Nov 8, 2010 | post #8)

Elkton, MD

Who do you support for State Senate in Maryland (District...

This is a vote against Pipkin.  (Oct 25, 2010 | post #6)

Elkton, MD

Who do you support for Governor in Maryland in 2010?

O'Malley needs to go!  (Oct 25, 2010 | post #87)

Cecil County, MD

CCPS -- Shaffer out, Devine in.... more of the same old s...

So ya think Devine will be groping the male teachers with one hand while she swills Grey Goose with her other hand? Or maybe she'll be groping the female "underlings "? That's a better story, don't ya think? Seriously, all you folks need to go outside and breathe some fresh air. Turn your computers off and see if you can interact with real live humans. BETTER YET -- run for the School Board this Fall and fix the rotten system! You can fire all the self-serving "professional s" who care so much about making sure the system is solvent and teachers' paychecks don't bounce. Instead of whining all the time, take some action. CONTRIBUTE to your community!  (May 6, 2010 | post #4)

Newark, DE

Randall Hutton

Sooooo, justice prevails. One can only hope he will reap what he sows. Hopefully, he will learn (quickly) how it feels to be victimized and scared.  (Nov 19, 2009 | post #233)

Newark, DE

Randall Hutton

"So, here we are with a guy who works for the school system (translation: works with kids) and a convicted sex offender who happens to prey on the same age group of children that Henry works with. If you don't see a problem with that, then you are blind." I don't get it. Are you saying Henry is pimping kids? Oh, pleeeze! Henry's been on Booth Street for years dealing with personnel and kids' parents.  (May 27, 2009 | post #122)