The marquee story in that regard was Baltimore County, which had not even seriously considered an income or property tax increase in a quarter century until this year. Newly elected County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr., a Democrat, engaged in weeks of public consultation with residents about the state of the county budget and made the case that the investments in schools and other basic services people want require higher taxes. After significant (and by all accounts constructive) back-and-forth with the council, his initial revenue proposal was scaled back, but parts of it — a new tax on cell phones and new development impact fees — got the support of two Republicans on the council, A. Wade Kach and David Marks. The development fees bill was actually sponsored by Mr. Marks.