Anne Arundel County’s Approved Budget Adds Police Officers, Offsets Rise In Property Assessments

The Anne Arundel County Council unanimously approved the county’s fiscal 2015 budget during a meeting held on June 6, making some reductions to the budget as proposed by County Executive Neuman and slightly reducing the county’s property tax rate to offset a rise in assessments. As reported by the Capital:

Money to begin design work on a new Anne Arundel County police academy was cut Friday from the $1.35 billion budget, which was unanimously passed by the County Council.

The council cut $4.6 million from County Executive Laura Neuman’s proposed operating budget for the year that starts July 1, and nearly $50 million from the capital budget. Most of the cuts were made from utility funds for projects that were determined to have more money than needed or had not been started.

Some of the cuts went to increase grants for nonprofits in fiscal 2015, increase the number of new police officers from 20 to 30 and two more deputy sheriffs, as well as pay for police cars and equipment.

The article also provides a summary of the budget highlights.

Residents will see a 0.7 cent decrease in the property tax rate, but the average homeowner will pay $11 more because of rising assessments.

The stormwater fee for most county homeowners will go up from $51 to $68 as the county implements the second phase-in of the program.

The council approved $5.2 million toward teacher raises and $5.2 million to fund the Monarch Academy.

The budget cuts $708,000 allocated to begin design on new police academy, but county officials said they will move forward with a study looking for alternatives.

The budget funds 30 new police officers, two new deputy sheriffs and cars and equipment.

County Executive Neuman’s budget address and fiscal 2015 budget information can be found on the county’s website.

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