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Sykesville's budget is a tad leaner now that the mayor and council resolved a $32,000 shortfall in part of trying to resolve a larger deficit.

Sykesville’s mayor and council voted 6-0 to adopt the town’s amended fiscal 2010 budget at Monday night's session. Councilman Scott Sanzone was absent.

The council had to trim $32,000 from its $2.8 million budget since its last meeting.

About $4,800  is cut from expenses to send staff and council members to the annual Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City, as well as $15,000 cut from the employee health insurance plan and
another $15,000 from the retirement account, Candland said.

The town is also considering reducing the Old Main Line Post Office hours, but requires U.S. Postal Service approval, Candland said.

Overall, the council slashed $200,000 from its budget and re-allocated revenues to cover up the losses.
The shortfall comes from state cuts in $167,000 in highway user revenue for road maintenance and $17,000 police aid.

For more, read the Nov. 1 edition of the Carroll Eagle.


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