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Divided Baltimore County Council approves county's first income tax increase in decades but cuts proposed phone tax

Divided Baltimore County Council approves county's first income tax increase in decades but cuts proposed phone tax

A divided Baltimore County Council on Thursday approved a series of bills sought by County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. to raise millions in new revenue, including the county's first income tax increase in nearly 30 years and a new tax on residents’ cellphone service.

The council’s four Democrats supported Olszewski’s plan to raise the income tax rate for the first time since 1992, a move he said was necessary to strengthen county finances and maintain the services residents want. The council’s three Republicans voted against it.

Other bills received bipartisan support, including the cellphone tax; however, the council scaled back Olszewski’s proposal, reducing how much...

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