Baltimore County executive Kamenetz unveils $1.75 billion operating budget for 2015

TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled his proposed 2015 county budget Tuesday morning, which includes no increase in property or income taxes and a new program for school renovation and construction.

Kamenetz’s proposed $1.75 billion operating budget is 3.85 percent higher than last year’s budget. His capital budget proposal is $175.7 million.

“Forty months ago, we established a vision for our county that would lead us away from tough economic times and down the road of progress and prosperity,” Kamenetz said in his address to the council. “Working together, we’ve racked up a lot of miles on that road in a very short time. Together we have followed through on our commitments and kept our promises to not only each other, but also to future generations.”

The budget proposal contains no layoffs or furloughs, and county employees will receive a 3 percent bonus this fall.

Baltimore County Public Schools got 90 more teaching positions, plus $4 million for wireless classrooms and millions more for other digital upgrades.

Kamenetz’s proposal also unveils the $1.1 billion Schools for Our Future program, a decade-long initiative dedicated to school renovation and construction.

“Today’s budget proposal designates a record funding request of nearly $460 million in county funds over the next three referenda for school renovation and construction,” Kamenetz said in his address. “Voters will have the opportunity to endorse this plan, beginning with a $158 million referendum request this November. These referendum bonding requests are more than double, and sometimes triple, the amounts approved by the voters during the past ten years.”  

Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, praised Kamenetz's proposal Tuesday.

"The health and prosperity of a community is directly linked to that of its schools, and County Executive Kamenetz gets that," Dance said in a statement. "Baltimore County Public Schools enjoys the national reputation it has thanks to the commitment and foresight of our elected leaders like Mr. Kamenetz. Simply put, the future growth of this or any community is best achieved through the growth and health of its public schools."

The capital budget allocates more than $7.5 million for new technology projects and more money for road resurfacing, upgrading county facilities and a new Animal Services facility and dog park.  

A full version of Kamenetz's message can be found online .

READ MORE: Kamenetz's full budget address

The budget now goes before the Baltimore County Council for approval before it takes effect July 1.  

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