EASTON, Md. (AP) — The Talbot County Council has passed a nearly $66 million budget for fiscal 2012.

The budget uses about $67,000 from the contingency fund to balance it.

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Sixteen county jobs will be eliminated, including eight current workers. The rest are vacant posts and a retirement.

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In Tuesday’s vote, the council added $10,000 salary for a part-time housing officer; $5,000 for housing department operations, and $20,000 to the county health department.

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