Baltimore County Passes $1.99B Budget, No Increase in Property & Income Taxes

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On May 26, Baltimore County passed its FY 2017 budget of $1.99 billion which contains no increases in property or income taxes.

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According to The Baltimore Sun,

More than half of the county’s $373 million capital budget for 2017 will be devoted to public school renovation and construction projects. The $195.7 million figure does not include a $39 million supplement to accelerate the installation of air conditioning at six schools.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to ask the council to approve the supplemental money in July, so that the projects can be completed by the fall of 2018.

“The members of the County Council are champions for public education in Baltimore County,” BCPS Superintendent S. Dallas Dance said in a statement. “Their enduring support for Baltimore County Public Schools is exceptional and makes a difference in the lives of our students, their families, and this county. Their support is essential to the continued growth of our school system and to the building and maintenance of positive learning environments across the county. I thank them for their work today and every day on behalf of our children and our future.”

County employees will receive a 2 percent cost of living raise in the new fiscal year.