Harford State of the County

Harford County Executive David Craig gets a laugh as he delivers his State of the County Address during Tuesday night's County Council meeting. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / February 21, 2012)

The following is the 2012 State of the County Address delivered by Harford County Executive David Craig at the Feb. 21 county council legislative session:

Harrisburg, PA:

Requesting Bankruptcy.

Jefferson County, AL:


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Bankrupt.

The State of Maryland:

A "negative outlook" on its bond rating;

A $1.2 billion budget deficit.

The United States of America:

A drop from a Triple A rating to Double A;

An unbalanced budget;

A new trillion dollar deficit.

I can only imagine what it was like for the Mayor, the County Executive, the Governor and the President, how they truly felt as they did what I am doing tonight - Give the State of the Government Address.

Could Harford County have been in the same situation?

Without collaboration and cooperation between and among government agencies, the Administration and the County Council, the simple answer is "Yes."

Without a good leadership team of department heads, all of whom are here tonight and outside agencies who are represented, the difficult answer would have been "Yes."

Fortunately, I am pleased to report that the state of Harford County is strong — and this is despite the fact that we were beleaguered in 2011 by the challenges which confronted all governments.

Leadership, Tenacity, Perseverance and Strength have taken us in a better direction.

Non-partisanship, lack of self righteousness, vision and integrity will continue to keep us going in the right direction.

2011 started with a unique challenge which all of you may remember.