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Howard County Council adopts $1.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2017

Howard County Council adopts $1.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2017

The Howard County Council voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt a $1.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2017, a package that includes modest increases over last year amid a cautiously optimistic economic outlook for the county.

This year's budget, which included two amendments crafted as the budget was adopted, reduces borrowing to $91.5 million from $96 million last year.

Despite a push from the Howard County Public Schools System to restore funding to avoid what school leaders called "devastating" cuts, the budget does not provide additional funding to the school system above the $808.4 million in the council's proposed budget, which represents a $18.1 million...

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