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AACC, library plead to preserve budgets


Anne Arundel Community College President Thomas E. Florestano is pretty happy with his budget.

Library Administrator Ed Hall is pretty pleased with his budget, too.

And both begged County Council members yesterday not to touch the spending plans recommended by County Executive Robert R. Neall.

"This is a very fragile, delicate budget," Hall said. "A lot of tampering and turnover, and my board is really going to be in trouble."

"Preserve what the county executive has recommended," Florestano urged. "It's been a tough year for everyone, but other community colleges would give their right arm to be in this county."

Other county agencies might give their right arm to have a budget presentation run as smoothly as those of the community college and the library system. Officials from both agencies met with council members yesterday to discuss their proposed budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Neall has requested $9.6 million for the library and $30.5 million for the community college.

Council members, citing the skillful presentation of the community college and the library, had few questions for them.

Neall's request for the library system is up 1.15 percent over this year's budget of $9.5 million. Three vacant positions have been deleted from the library system's budget, and money for training, supplies and materials has increased slightly.

In addition, the library system's budget includes a contingency fund of $27,850 to cover an anticipated increase in health insurance costs.

The community college's budget is a 5.1 percent increase over the current year's $29 million.

"I have never seen a college do more with less," said Robert DiAiso, vice chairman of the college's board of trustees. "Yet the quality of education is excellent."

The county executive has requested another $9.6 million in capital money for the community college -- including $6.2 million for the new allied health building and $2.6 million to develop the western end of the campus.

If funding is approved, college officials said construction of the new allied health building could be completed in 10 months and ready for operation by fall 1993.

Florestano said development of the western end of the campus is essential to the future of the community college.

"This whole second campus is the only way to go," Florestano said. "The enrollments are not going to decrease, and we have to accommodate it."

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