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Howard councilman criticizes County Executive Ball over refusal to allow auditor to attend bond rating trip

Howard councilman criticizes County Executive Ball over refusal to allow auditor to attend bond rating trip

A councilman is criticizing Howard County Executive Calvin Ball for his decision to not invite the county auditor to the annual bond rating trip in New York City.

County officials each year travel to New York City for a one-day trip where they meet the three bond rating agencies — Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch — that assess the credit rating. Howard County currently holds a top AAA bond rating from all three agencies.

The trip has in the past been attended by the county executive, council chair, Chief Administrative Officer Lonnie Robbins, Director of Finance Janet Irvin and, since 2012, County Auditor Craig Glendenning.

Glendenning, who...

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