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State cuts funding to Smithsburg

September 01, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- State budget cuts have trickled down to Smithsburg, where town officials have been told their highway-user revenue and state aid for police protection will be reduced by $126,597.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers delivered the news to Smithsburg Town Council members during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Myers said she was informed of the cuts Aug. 27 by the Maryland Municipal League. The cuts are part of a continuing effort by the state to deal with a struggling economy, Myers said.

She said the cuts come at a particularly troubling time, since the town just passed its budget two months ago.

Myers said the town probably will have to take money from certain areas to make up for the cuts, although she emphasized that sacrifices would not be made in areas such as public safety and street maintenance.

"We will get through it, but it will be tough," Myers told council members.

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