ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman unveiled her $1.3 billion operating budget proposal for 2015 Thursday, which includes a property tax cut for the first time in five years and 20 more police officers.
The budget proposal also honors interim schools superintendent Mamie Perkins’ request for a 3 percent pay increase for teachers, and funds the county’s rainy day reserve fund for the first time in seven years.
Neuman, a Republican appointed county executive in February 2013, also unveiled a $244 million, six-year capital budget plan.
“This is a fiscally conservative budget that represents my priorities to save taxpayers money, invest in public safety, maximize our reserve funds, put an end to years of structural debt, plan for our future, and improve service delivery and efficiencies throughout the county,” Neuman said in a news release.
The Anne Arundel County Council must approve the budget by June 15. The council will hold two public hearings on the budget to give residents a chance to comment, as well as hearings with county department heads.
Neuman faces Del. Steve Schuh, R-Gibson Island, in the Republican primary on June 24. Schuh has taken swipes at Neuman for raising property taxes in the 2014 budget, though Neuman has maintained the increase was within the county’s revenue cap and was less than previous years’ increases.
After her budget address, Neuman’s campaign released a statement saying the proposed tax cut is the result of “cutting wasteful spending and finding creative ways to save money.”