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Have Something to Say About Baltimore County's Proposed 2015 Budget?

Tuesday night is your chance to weigh in on the $1.75 billion proposal before the Baltimore County Council.

Have Something to Say About Baltimore County's Proposed 2015 Budget?
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented his $1.75 billion budget proposal recently for fiscal year 2015, including one item that will go to referendum. Citizens are invited to weigh in Tuesday night at a public hearing.

A few things to know about the budget proposal:
  • It holds the line on both property and income taxes, so there will be no increases.
  • A $1.1 billion long-term plan for managing school capacity over the next decade is included in the budget. Called " Schools for Our Future," the initiative aims to keep up with growing enrollment in Baltimore County schools by building schools and equipping them with resources. Also, approximately 22 percent of schools are not air conditioned currently and at the end of the Schools for Our Future plan, 3 percent of schools will lack air conditioning. The plan will require a referendum this fall for a $158 million request.
  • The county executive breaks down specific projects  by region here in his budget message. The complete budget is available online here. Anyone who wants to view the complete budget proposal as a hard copy must request to inspect it between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays in the Office of Budget and Finance, Room 100, at the Towson Court House.
  • To testify on the budget proposal, register with the secretary outside the council chambers door at 400 Washington Avenue in Towson. Registration opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, and the hearing is at 6 p.m. Anyone with questions about the hearing may contact the county council office at 410-887-3196.

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