Some media are starting to see the connection between drastic budget cutbacks — especially to public works funding — and the snow removal challenges at the county and municipal level.
But cutting aid to counties is merely a politically palatable method of cutting spending for education and health, said Delegate Murray Levy, D-Charles, a former Charles County Commissioner President.
“The counties are also responsible for funding these (programs),” Levy said. “When we cut the county, we cut public education, community college, health and libraries — and we do it beneath the radar.”
After all, a struggling county facing an immediate need must take money from somewhere, Levy said.
“Nobody wants to hear about a fiscal problem when there’s a foot of snow on the streets,” he said. “The issues which counties deal with affect people on a very immediate level.”