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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.

(Credit: Baltimore County Government)
(Credit: Baltimore County Government)
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.
Buck Harmon April 29, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Shades of blue..
Sara April 29, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Too vague. Bottom line, here's what taxes should cover FIRST: schools, roads/sidewalks, trash & public works, emergency services (fire & police. Most of the other stuff is a waste of money. Reduce taxes and improve the business environment to allow for more jobs. No more giveaways - we need more and better jobs! Let people keep their money and make their own decisions on how it is spent on charities - I don't need the government taking more money from me to pay for social programs. I am paying my taxes and would like to see it go to its intended purposes.
Terrie April 30, 2014 at 07:31 AM
I emailed, called, and tweeted BCPS and Kevin K. several times to find out when this was and never received an answer. I feel a new level of distain this morning.
Terrie April 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM
This is the BCPS Budget schedule where is clearly states the hearing was to be held in May 2014. http://www.bcps.org/budget/FY15/operating_budget_schedule.pdf

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