5% cap urged on rise in Balto. Co. spending

January 30, 1991|By Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

Baltimore County's spending affordability committee recommended yesterday that the county's portion of next year's budget increase by no more than $42 million, an amount less than the increase already requested by school officials.

The committee recommended a ceiling of $888 million for general fund spending to County Executive Roger B. Hayden, who is scheduled to unveil his budget in mid-April.

"It seems like it's somewhere within the realm of reason," Mr. Hayden said of the proposed limit.

An $888 million general fund budget would be 5 percent higher than the $846 million county portion of the budget this year. The total operating budget for the county, which includes state and federal funds for schools, libraries and community colleges, is $1.1 billion.

Council Chairman Douglas B. Riley, who is on the five-member committee, recommended the 5 percent increase but said economic uncertainties made it hard to come up with a spending limit.

Last week, county School Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel submitted to Mr. Hayden a budget of $518 million, a $55 million increase. He said the money was needed to cope with an anticipated influx of 4,000 students.

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