As reported by the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore County Council is set to approve a $1.65 billion operating budget for FY 2013. The budget does not include furloughs, lay offs, or tax increases.
The budget represents a 2.8 percent increase over last year’s, in part because it absorbs $15.7 million in teacher pension costs from the state and $20 million in added employee benefit costs, Kamenetz said last month. If not for those additions, the budget would have decreased by about $1 million from fiscal year 2012, he said.
Kamenetz’s chief of staff, Don Mohler, said the county executive had simple goals for his budget: to focus on education, basic services and infrastructure while avoiding furloughs, layoffs and tax increases.