County Budget To Focus on Education, Public Safety

No layoffs, furloughs or increases in property or income taxes are expected when county executive releases second budget Thursday.

County residents and employees can expect some good news Thursday when Kevin Kamenetz releases his second budget as county executive.

Kamenetz will deliver his budget message before the Baltimore County Council Thursday at 10 a.m.

Sources familiar with the budget say it will contain for residents and no furloughs or layoffs for county employees.

The focus of the budget will remain on schools, which make up more than 50 percent of the county's total budget, and public safety.

The county executive will also announce the results of a that officials hoped would save $15 million through the retirement of at least 200 employees. Sources said the county will surpass those expectations with the total number of general government employees, excluding police and fire employees, at its lowest level in 25 years.

Kamenetz is also expected to announce funding to install air conditioning at number of county schools.

Bart April 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Kamenetz is his own worst enemy. By shutting out the Councilpersons, he is shutting out the voters. And the voters already know who is behind the mess. The system is based on checks and balances. Kamenetz is not king.
DMJ April 13, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Well we will see what the executive has to say to the northpoint crowd in a couple of days. Since he didn't carry well down her I sure we will get the tapped out of funds speech. Oh wait is favorite cronie I mean councilman lives down, and wee all know who that is. So maybe we get a new gate for a park or something!! HARDY HARRRR
johnny towson April 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
DMJ, Ask the following questions: 1. Gov't Center, Dundalk. How is it that the County has placed an $8mm value on the Gov't Center and is structuring a property swap with the Segram's property, to include the same persons that soaked fleeced the tax payers for $19mm in the Yorkway deal without investigation then or now? Shouldn't the property be put out for bid, and please make it an open bid because a. we do not trust your sealed process and b. the "open" public competition will without a doubt create the highest sale price for the land; and why not hire a professional real estate firm to stir up the market for you? 2. Fort Howard: How is your (KK's) negotiation going with the Union reps? It has been discussed that the unions are being asked to either provide capital and/or debt to "push" the project to fruition. The same loose-lips have reported that your (KK's) interest in this is directly tied to O'Malley's wishes to make Ft. Howard a legacy project of his administration, regardless of infrastructure costs or impacts. 3. How would you describe your relationship with the Governor and how are your interests aligned with his concerning economic development in this part of the State?
Buzz Beeler April 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This is not abut anything but reality, and you can't hide from that. Attempting to spin that could lead to a tornado. The counties have not seen the worst of it yet. You've got some reading to do. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-budget-not-balanced-20120413,0,960092.story http://towson.patch.com/blog_posts/baltimore-county-lost-8000-taxpayers This is the destabilization I was talking about. The middle class flees as the value of their homes drop along with the tax revenues. Here is another ominous sign. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-02-23/news/bs-md-cns-working-families-baltimore-county-20120223_1_sufficiency-child-care-subsidy-program-baltimore-county Another interesting concept involves the government sector jobs. As state, local and federal government agencies put into place austerity measures, Maryland counties will share the burden of that impact. http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm The unemployment rate in the county is high. The county ranks 11th out of 24 jurisdictions in the state. This is an interesting analogy in the county ranks 12th in health care among those 24 jurisdictions. Reality is a funny thing, there is no way of getting around it in the end.
Buzz Beeler April 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM
At the ceremony for the opening of the bank here in Dundalk the county executive was the only political official present. I saw Mike Weir who was at a community volunteer clean up. Bread and Cheese Creek had a clean up at the same time, so it's possible some of the them were at that event. Saturday is a tough day to schedule events. Marge Neal from Dundalk Patch was covering the Bank opening.


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