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In Baltimore County, a budgetary crossroads

In Baltimore County, a budgetary crossroads

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. officially did something that rarely happens in Towson: He proposed raising the county’s income tax rate (or “piggyback” as it follows on top of the state income tax). To appreciate the earthshaking nature of that decision, consider that the last time the county raised its income tax rate, the first nicotine patch was put on the market, a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline cost about $1.05, and Bill Clinton was elected to his first term as president. Ever since 1992, county executives have embraced a formula — talk big and visionary but don’t touch the major tax rates — leaving the property and piggyback...

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