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Neuman: Anne Arundel faces huge deficit

Anne Arundel County is facing a $1.3 billion deficit due to underfunding of health care benefits for county retirees, County Executive Laura Neuman said Tuesday in an email sent to all county employees.

Neuman said previous estimates of health care costs for retirees of $72 million a year were inaccurate.

The actual amount, according to the latest actuarial studies, is $110 million a year, or 53 percent more than paid in.

To fund the annual shortfall, every Anne Arundel County resident — men, women and children — would have to pay $160 a year for the next 30 years.

Neuman said it is “likely” that legislation will be proposed this month “to bring the County’s costs under control.”