Hayden backs rise in piggyback tax 70 people turn out for executive's first budget hearing.

March 17, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

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.

Mr. Hayden said Baltimore County still is facing a $9 million to $14 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year that ends June 30, and he expects a much larger deficit in the next fiscal year.

Only 10 members of the audience signed up to speak.

The executive has scheduled two other hearings for members of the public to tell him what they would like to see in next year's county budget, which he is scheduled to submit to the County Council April 14. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Senior High and 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Loch Raven Senior High.

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