Baltimore County would have 220 new teachers, a 2 cents lower property-tax rate and a mere $10.6 million more in spending next fiscal year under budget proposals made today by Executive Roger B. Hayden.
Hayden briefed the county's legislative delegation at a breakfast reception in Towson before addressing the County Council with his first budget proposal today.
He gave few details to the delegation on what cuts he made to achieve such a small increase from last year's $1.1 billion operating budget.
But, he said, employees will get no across-the-board pay increase this year, and except for police, fire, environment and social services, every department was cut.
However, there will be no layoffs, he added.
Since the school board had requested a $51 million spending increase for next year, much of that cutting came from their budget, and Hayden said he did cut board administrative positions, while adding three new pre-kindergarten classes for disadvantaged children.
The county property-tax rate is $2.895 per $100 of assessed value. Hayden said he asked the council to keep the 4 percent cap on assessment increases for next year so that property taxes would not rise dramatically.
The council has until June 1 to make any cuts it desires and adopt a new tax rate.
The council will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. April 23 at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave.