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Carroll County (MD) Commissioner Richard Rothschild will have a town meeting March 9 from 6 to 7:30pm at K&B Family Restaurant at 142 Church Street in New Windsor.  RSVP at 410.386.2400.

Rothschild has a newsletter called Inside the Boardroom and the latest edition is here.  Some highlights are a reduction of the Commission’s cabinet from 13 to 8 secretaries with a savings of $400,000 annually:

The new commissioners’ office with FIVE commissioners will cost approximately $150,000 a year less to operate than was being spent by the prior administration.   The new organizational structure will save another $250,000 a year for total actual year over year savings in excess of $400,000 a year.  This total does NOT include benefits savings.

Rothschild reports on the fuzzy math so often employed in government:

So…speaking of saving, I was at MACO, the Maryland Association of Counties, and learned the NEW MATH of Government:   One of the governor’s budget secretaries gave a very impressive presentation on the cuts made by the State.  The presentation indicated $6.6Billion in accumulated budget cuts and 4700 positions abolished.   So I’m thinking to myself “Wow… great job Mr. Governor.”   However, I noticed a key slide seemed to be missing from the presentation, so I asked the secretary,  “In light of these cuts, can I safely assume that total FY2012 spending will be less that total FY2011 spending?”  She responded, “No, the budget for 2012 is 3% higher.”

Commissioner Rothschild is right; this is not a real savings.  The light of truth is slowly being shined on government; this is a Prague Spring for Carroll County.  Let’s hope and pray it will last longer than the first Prague Spring!

One more thing:  Carroll County has $330 million in bonds either issued or authorized.  This causes $35 million in interest to be paid every year.  The commissioners this year reduced the authorized bonds from $22 million to $16 million, thus saving $6 million in debt.  With spending cuts and paying down existing debt, this saved the county $12,000,000.00!

I realize that all these zeros and finances are not very sexy but saving the taxpayers millions will be sexy in a place most can identify with:  In the wallet!

I hope those among my readers in the Carroll County area will go March 9 and tell Commissioner Rothschild “Thank you”!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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