Representatives from the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) presented today to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the impact of FY 2010 budget reductions, Maintenance of Effort (MOE) reform, and their perspective on the Governor’s FY 2011 budget that was released yesterday. The MACo panel included MACo First Vice President and Charles County Commission President Wayne Cooper, Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt, Queen Anne’s County Public Works Director Todd Mohn, MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson, and MACo Associate Director Andrea Mansfield.
Here’s a key segment of MACo’s written testimony –
Significant funding reductions in FY 2010 forced local governments to make very difficult decisions. These reductions have been carried over into the Governor’s FY 2011 budget. As indicated in the budget documents, most local aid programs have been “flat funded” with each jurisdiction receiving funding at roughly the final adjusted level for FY 2010.
Although funding is not at the level we would like to see in the Governor’s Budget, MACo and its members understand the fiscal challenges facing the State. However, we ask that you not misconstrue “flat funding” to mean funds to county governments have not been reduced. In fact, what “flat funding” really means is that approximately $400 million in reductions is being carried over from the prior fiscal year.
With respect to MOE, MACo expressed its concern with the current waiver process and the need for reform.