The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a $4.37 billion budget, which increases spending by 2.2 percent. As reported by the Washington Post:
Funding for schools is down slightly, employees face cuts to health and retirement benefits and spending on recreation, fire and rescue and some social service and other programs is being reduced. The council upped the property tax rate by 4.2 cents, but also included a credit that moderates the increase for homeowners, officials said. Money was also set aside for reserves and to cover future retiree health-care costs, though less than the county says it should be saving.