Hoeffel: Cut Everything
It’s hard to believe that we’ve found a Democrat who is for spending cuts.
Across-the-board department cuts. Employee furloughs. Fewer holidays.
For months, the Montgomery County commissioners have made ominous references to what it might take to pass a 2011 budget.
On Wednesday, officials said the county’s projected shortfall had swelled to $35 million, and talk veered from the abstract to the concrete.
Commissioner Joseph Hoeffel said he would like to see a 5 percent, across-the-board cut in spending, with exceptions for departments that can justify something smaller.
“We can’t keep doing things the way we’ve been doing them,” said Hoeffel, the board’s lone Democrat.
Republicans James Matthews and Bruce Castor said the idea was worth considering. Matthews, the board chairman, mentioned furloughs, quickly adding that he would not favor them. Castor said the county should press the state to shoulder the cost of county courts.
No one talked about taxes.
…. or the nearly $100 million in surplus that the county once had. Pissed away on cronies and “economic development” by Commissioners Matthews and Hoeffel.