“We’re almost at the halfway point,” County Treasurer Maria Pappas noted, looking around at the commissioners who attended her budget hearing Friday. “I want to congratulate you for sitting here.” She recalled with Comm. Deborah Sims, one of the board’s most senior members who was on the Board when Pappas was a Commissioner in the 1990’s, that “in the old days”, hearings would last until 3:00 a.m. and no commissioners would dare be absent. (Commissioners Larry Suffredin, Tim Schneider, Sean Morrison, Stanley Moore, and Chairman John Daley were also in attendance. Pappas’ hearing started a few hours ahead of schedule.)

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