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.