Tax Day Thoughts
Posted by fcohen@baltimorecountymd.gov Fronda Cohen on 17th April 2018
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By Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

Taxes are due today. So where do your County taxes go? How do we build a budget so we can invest in what’s important to the people who live and do business here?

Steady economic growth is building our tax base. The budget we submitted to the County Council for next year maintains the current income and property tax rates and supports our priorities: educating our children, keeping our communities safe and healthy, maintaining our infrastructure, and preserving our land and water resources.

Your Baltimore County taxes are at work when a police officer responds, a bridge is repaired, and a homeless family finds shelter.

Sixty percent of our operating budget supports our public schools, community college and libraries. Why is education our #1 priority? It is our obligation to make sure all of our children learn the skills they need to get good jobs and thrive.

I wish we could upgrade every playing field, re-pave every road, and build new schools in every part of the county all at once. But at the end of the day, we have to balance the checkbook.

We are committed to being good stewards of every tax dollar.

It’s the responsible way to run a government.                              

Details of the FY2019 budget submitted to the Baltimore County Council can be found here. The County Council is scheduled to vote on the Fiscal 2019 budget May 24, 2018.