Baltimore County’s Adopted Budget Focuses on School Spending; Maintains Tax Rates

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The Baltimore County Council recently approved the county’s fiscal 2015 operating and capital budgets.  Over half of the $2.9 billion budget is allocated to the county’s school system.  The county council also increased funds for emergency social services and maintained property and income tax rates.

From coverage by The Baltimore Sun:

County schools will receive $1.5 billion in the budget, as well as $19.3 million for capital projects, including air-conditioning in several older schools, additions and maintenance of buildings. Officials say the county school system has the second-oldest stock of facilities in the state, and many facilities are considered overcrowded.

Council members also promoted a 15.4 percent increase in spending for emergency social services aimed at helping residents in need, including $2.5 million toward a new Eastern Family Resource Center on the campus of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and $4 million for a new Westside Shelter on the grounds of Spring Grove State Hospital.

Council Chairwoman Cathy Bevins noted the budget holds the county property tax rate steady at $1.10 per $100 of assessed value. The county income tax rate also remains unchanged in the budget.

To view Baltimore County’s budget, visit the county’s website.