Development Comes to a Halt, as Obscure Agency Loses Funding

Two jobs in the Howard County Soil Conservation District were cut on Friday, leaving developers with plans in for review in the lurch. Officials are scrambling to find funding to get development rolling again.

Almost 20 projects are on hold due to the layoffs in this obscure agency.

"County Executive Ken Ulman (D) cut funding for the two soil district jobs as an economy move, expecting county planners and engineers to take over the work. But soil district leaders who run the independent state agency nixed that, claiming it would compromise the reviews' integrity."

Thanks to Otis White

Full Story: Soil Agency Out of Cash; Developers Put on Hold

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