Several other state representatives also asked the council to eliminate the transfer station.

Del. Kathy Szeliga said she has been hearing from a lot of people and she trusts their concerns are being heard.

Del. J.B. Jennings, who lives in Joppa, made a more personal request.

"For me, this is in my backyard," he said. "I understand this is a tough decision you all have to make."


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"This intersection is truly a funnel for pretty much the entire western portion of Harford County," Jennings continued. "The traffic is bad; I see it every day."

"This is a big issue. It's going to affect our district, it's going to impact my neighborhood," he said.

George Carlson, another resident, added: "Who in their right mind would put a temporary garbage dump in the middle of such a busy area? It makes no sense at all."

On other budget items, a few people also spoke in support of Harford County Public Schools and the Harford County Public Library.

Nicole Young, a teacher, said she gets less take-home pay now than she did when she first started in the school system.

"The school system should be a priority, as teachers are asked to do more and more with less and less," she said, adding that maybe the money should be taken from the "obviously unwanted" transfer station.