Harford Approves Budget: Cuts Taxes, Fully Funds Schools, Invests in Public Safety

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman today signed the County’s budget for fiscal 2023, as passed by the Harford County Council.

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County Executive’s budget fully funds schools, makes record investments in public safety, and cuts the property tax rate by 5-cents.

The budget also builds on investments to facilitate high-speed internet in unserved and underserved rural areas. In addition, it includes funding for preventing and treating opioid addiction and mental health services and for the County’s first African American Heritage Preservation Program.

County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following statement on the fiscal 2023 budget, his last budget due to term limits:

“When I came into office, teachers and law enforcement had gone years without raises, our debt was unsustainable, and our fund balance was nearly depleted.  I was advised to raise taxes.

In my eight years of fiscally responsible budgets, annual raises for teachers and law enforcement have been restored, and their salaries and benefits are now highly competitive in the state.  Our debt is under control, our pension obligations are fully funded, and we have a healthy fund balance for the future.

We modernized our schools, maintained our infrastructure, met our stormwater obligations, and expanded broadband internet.

COVID relief funds were set aside for one-time expenditures.

And we never raised tax rates. In fact, we cut property taxes for our citizens, seniors, and retired veterans.

I would like to thank the County Council for unanimously supporting my final budget, my budget staff, and our county employees for helping us achieve what I call the trifecta: We fully funded education, we fully funded public safety, and we cut taxes.”

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