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Baltimore County passes $3.5B budget package that holds tax rates steady

Baltimore County passes $3.5B budget package that holds tax rates steady

The Baltimore County Council approved the county government's $3.5 billion budget on Thursday, but the vote exposed a rare rift among council members.

Councilman Wade Kach voted against the budget after criticizing portions of the package and county policies. He cited what he described as the poor state of Dulaney and Towson high schools, declining SAT scores, spending on student laptops and staffing concerns at the county's jail and 911 center.

"Budgets are all about priorities," the Cockeysville Republican said. "As well as priorities, we need to look at the tax burden that's placed on our Baltimore County residents."

Kach estimated that each...

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