Of the 20 items on the Baltimore County ballot, the most important comes last, Question T. Its purpose -- limiting property tax revenue growth to 2 percent a year -- seems attractive. Yet it amounts to fiscal voodoo. Its passage would seriously damage the county.
If Question T is approved, it will create a gaping shortfall of at least $30 million next year. That will necessitate layoffs of county workers, higher class sizes in schools, library cutbacks, reduced senior services and cuts in law enforcement. This would prove devastating. We urge Baltimore County voters to reject Question T.
The simplistic and irresponsible agitation about the tax ceiling might also endanger $200 million of bond requests. Each is voted separately but is part of an overall development program to maintain the county's quality of life. We recommend approval.