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Howard County Proposed Budget, Taxes, Teacher Pensions

The proposed budget supports more education funding, including potential teacher pension costs.

The county executive’s office has released its proposed operating budget for 2013–a $40 million increase over last year’s budget.

Of the $1.54 budget, $898.8 million comes from the general fund, monies collected primarily from property and income taxes, along with other taxes and fees. 

The budget includes $878.2 million for education, which includes funding for the Howard County Public School System, the Howard County Library System and Howard Community College.

The education budget is about 57 percent of the total operating budget, and a 3.9 percent increase from last year. Last year’s education budget, about $845.6 million, was a 5 percent increase over 2011.

Included in the education portion of the budget is $9.8 million to cover half of the cost of teacher pensions, which “this budget assumes … will be ultimately be adopted,” according to text of the document.

A larger percent of this year’s operating budget comes from property taxes – about $526.1 million dollars, versus $502.5 million last year.  The income tax portion of the general fund also increased by just under 4.5 percent. The rate, $1.014

The one tax increase proposed in the budget is the fire and rescue tax, a tax on property values that funds fire and rescue services.  In April, the County Council approved a consolidation of the metropolitan and rural fire districts.

Previously, the metropolitan district paid $0.1355 per $100 of assessed property value and the rural district paid $0.1155.

The new, consolidated fire district pays $0.176 per $100 of assessed property value. 

The county has budgeted for 42 Fire and Rescue positions which will staff a new Glenwood Station in Western Howard County. 

In addition, 60 jobs will not be filled this year, a move that will generate $3.2 million in savings, according to Ulman.

Find the full text of the budget attached, or view it on the Howard County Government website.

bill bissenas April 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM
As a follower of Orwell, Ulman uses terms like "lean" to describe spending and tax increases. He lies to you, thinking you are too stupid to understand basic math. And yet, HoCo keeps electing the duplicitous politicians, among them, Ulman. But Ulman and his ilk want America to fail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc
Brook Hubbard April 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The fact that you are a "follower of Orwell" speaks volumes about your state of mind and why no one can have a reasonable conversation with you.
bill bissenas April 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I'm referring to Ulman as a follower of Orwell, which is true given his use of the term "lean" to describe increases in the proposed budget, a budget that spends more money per capita than any county in the state. Dirty Ken wants us to believe something that is patently false, in manner that Orwell described in his writings.
Remmy May 01, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I agree with Bill - The servants (who pay the bills) are to illerate to understand the use of "lean" - will make us think he is looking out for all of us. WRONG. Check out the verbage - "the general fund also increased by just under 4.5 percent". Another term used "Just under" to make you the (poor paying servants) think we are looking out for YOU. ANOTHER WRONG! - Wake up people Dirty Ken talks from both sides of his mouth. This article reinforces that. He spends your money - like it is an endless resource credit card to line the pockets of his friends; those who make a living off the dole of the public. A new occupation, big retirements, and endless money from the "PEOPLE" - just see what we can TAKE from them to give to ourselves.

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