Both the haves and have-nots — those whose pet projects or causes have either been embraced or rejected in County Executive Steve Schuh's first budget proposal — gathered at North County High School on Wednesday to lobby the County Council.
More than 200 citizens turned out to make their case for an array of interests that ranged from bike paths and bond ratings to county tennis courts and teacher compensation.
The hearing came as the $1.37 operating budget plan snakes its way through a 45-day bureaucratic gauntlet before being finalized next month.
In prior years, public testimony has played an influential role in the council's deliberations. Following last year's...