Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden pleaded with about 70 people who turned out for his first public budget hearing last night to lobby their state legislators for a 10 percent increase in the piggyback income tax rate.
"With that we have a bad budget," he said. "Without that, we have a disaster."
His listeners were mostly parents and teachers from eastern Baltimore County who had gathered in the Kenwood High School auditorium. The executive told them that "things have changed since the fall of 1990" when many politicians ran for election on a pledge of not raising taxes.
Most members of the audience had come to persuade the executive not to cut the school budget, and to push for repair of their deteriorating school buildings. Mr. Hayden told them that legislators are still afraid of the property tax revolt vote and need to be convinced that the situation has changed dramatically in the last 18 months.