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County council budget: Unanimous, for now

Published by Andrew McGill on .

County Council's budget committee unanimously approved a $50.4 million capital budget proposal Wednesday (beating to heck my prediction for a split vote). 

The allocation includes an extra $125,000 for fields at White Oak Park, a county park in Bob Macey's district the councilman says desperately needs renovations. 

It was a full boat yesterday, with nearly everyone on the committee showing up or calling in via telephone. (Barbara Daly Danko was absent, and Matt Drozd phoned in but never voted.) Amanda Green Hawkins voted for budget chairman Michael Finnerty's proposal, something I didn't expect — she had been a strong proponent of former budget chair Bill Robinson's plan, which included $500,000 for the August Wilson Center For African American Culture. 

Drozd didn't vote; Heather Heidelbaugh also voted for the plan (which, in retrospect, should have been expected — she voted with Finnerty the first time around, though she vehemently opposed his plans for the operating budget.) As it turns out, Mr. Finnerty didn't need the help of recently added committee members Macey and Sue Means to get his budget through. 

The full council will debate the budget next Tuesday. 

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