The increase Mr. Leopold proposed keeps the county's bargain with its taxpayers — their bills will continue to go up at a low, predictable rate. And he and the council did not enact the tax increase without also making significant spending cuts. Forced furloughs for county workers will result in their losing about 4.6 per cent of their pay. Mr. Leopold will be taking a $15,000 cut in his salary. Approximately 50 positions in county government will be eliminated, some by vacancies, some by layoffs. The council went further than Mr. Leopold wanted in its spending reductions, nixing the purchase of new police cars, slashing funding for the county's community college and diverting money the executive had allocated for the complete rebuilding of Severna Park High School.