Anne Arundel Adds to List of Counties Seeking Furloughs

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold announced his proposed county budget for FY 2011, and it contains many of the features that have become common to many counties facing deep fiscal strains — cutbacks across every area of county government, and a combination of salary reductions and employee furloughs to effect savings among personnel costs.

From the Baltimore Sun coverage:

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold introduced to the County Council on Monday morning his proposed $1.18 billion operating budget for the next fiscal year, calling for up to 12 furlough days for most of the county’s workforce in an attempt to make up for plummeting revenues.

Trying to close a $95 million shortfall without layoffs, Leopold’s proposal calls for the closure of county offices for five days. Most county employees would take an additional seven days of unpaid leave, Leopold said, amounting to a 4.5 percent pay decrease. All county department heads would get a 5 percent salary reduction. Additionally, 49 vacant positions would be eliminated.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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