|Thursday, April 14, 2011 – Anne Kramer|
|The Baltimore County Executive has taken the wraps off his budget proposal for next year.
The $2.5 billion dollar capital and operating plan includes no layoffs or furloughs for employees in 2012 and no increase in the property or income tax rate for residents.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says his plan does include using money from the county’s reserve fund. He says a little more than $60 million will be used from that fund to pay one time expenditures.
“I want to assure everyone that we are not touching our Rainy Day fund and importantly we are keeping almost ten percent of our revenue set aside in reserves even after we dip into this amount,” says Kamenetz.
Kamenetz says they will not have a police recruitment class for next year but will be moving some officers who have had desk jobs in the police department put them back on the street.
Councilwoman Vicki Almond says she was pleased with what she heard from the County Executive’s proposal. She tells WBAL Radio it is key that the proposal does not include raising taxes.
And Councilman David Marks says he heard a lot of things he likes. Marks says this is a budget that takes a “very fiscally disciplined approach.”
Councilman Marks does expect that council members will make cuts to the budget.
A public hearing is set for April 26th.