Gracedale accounts for $66 million of the annual budget, and $48 million of that is personnel costs.
Angle replied Gracedale will be sold before that could happen, but Peg said there are times when taxes must be raised.
Cusick, who advocates a sale, still complimented Ferraro. "You were the only one willing to stand up and say 'I'm willing to raise taxes to pay for Gracedale,'" he said. But then he spoke of "optimum efficiency," saying "that is something I have never heard concerning the operation of Gracedale."
Only three of the Gracedale Goons attended this meeting, but they could be heard calling Angle an "asshole" and saying "I can't stand him" whenever he spoke.
On the bright side, there were no boy scouts listening to their vulgarities. That's what happened at the last County Council meeting.
As yesterday's budget hearing concluded, Angle predicted that the County will have a budget for 2011 on November 4.