Today, April 30, 2019, Baltimore County taxpayers have the opportunity to speak directly to the county council regarding the county executive’s proposed $3.4 billion operating budget; a budget that calls for the first tax increase in decades for the already stressed middle-class taxpayers.
The proposed budget includes a 13% raise in income taxes.
Here is the schedule of today’s proceedings including the live broadcasts of both the work session and the budget hearings.
While on the campaign trail, Johnny O made some rather bold promises, like a 20% pay raise for Baltimore County teachers, among other things. Even for politicians, talk is cheap, and many ‘signs’ can go unfulfilled.
How do you fix a fund when there is no money? (Photo credit/Facebook)
The Post covered this issue before regarding how the county began its slide into this financial nightmare. Council members only added fuel to the fire with statements like the one Councilman Todd Crandell made to WBAL TV 11:
It’s very tough to ask them to shoulder and income tax increase when you don’t see those schools moving forward.
Maybe Councilman Crandell should have thought of that issue before he rammed through a $78 million loan to Tradepoint Atlantic for a privately held company to upgrade its infrastructure.
Did we mention that Johnny O also approved of that $78 million fleecing for two billionaire businessmen to get their roads improved while our schools and roadways crumble?
There is more blame to go around as Councilmen Julien Jones is now embroiled in a controversy involving contracts with the BCPS system, which was brought to light by another Baltimore Post exclusive.
In yet another fleecing of the county taxpayers, Councilman David Marks jumped into the fray with this comment to The Baltimore Sun regarding the Towson Row/Caves Valley $43 million loan:
“I am very pleased this element of the project is moving forward,” said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, a Republican who represents Towson. “There was some disagreement with the financing, but the County Council overwhelmingly supported the concept behind Towson Row.”
Lastly, we have Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, who openly admitted to taking campaign contributions from developers when she received pushback from social media after posting photographs of her latest island vacation.
The Baltimore Post has received information that one of the possible speakers at tonight’s council session will discuss the potential mismanagement of the county’s pension fund.
All in all, it should be an exciting council session with plenty of fireworks.
To watch this live display of your local government’s ineptitude, click here.
After this council session, the final vote on the proposed FY 2020 budget is scheduled for May 23, 2019.