Harford’s Approved Budget Provides Slight Bump For Education, No Salary Increases

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The Harford County Council recently approved the county’s fiscal 2015 operating and capital budgets providing a slight increase in funding for education, but no salary increases for employees.  As proposed by County Executive Craig, the total budget would have been reduced by $79.6 million (9.8%) and the general fund budget reduced by $8.9 million (1.8%). The Council approved budget is slightly higher than what was proposed.

As reported in the Baltimore Sun:

The property tax rates remain unchanged at $1.042 per $100 of assessed value outside Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace, and 89.6 cents per $100 within the municipalities.

As proposed by Craig, the budget gives the school system $2.3 million more than last year. The school system requested $243.3 million from the county, a $32 million increase over last year. The increase would have covered negotiated 1 percent raises and step increases for school employees.

The budget also gives another $1.1 million to the human resources department, about $600,000 to information technology and about $162,000 to the Sheriff’s Office.

Budget documents can be found on the county’s website.