The Montgomery County Council is slated to vote Thursday on a $6.7 billion operating budget built on a property tax increase for residential and commercial properties that galvanized debate over how best to meet the county’s growing needs and who should pay.
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The draft increase, which would take the weighted average real property tax rate to roughly $1.02 per $100 in assessed value from about $0.98, is less than half of that proposed in March by County Executive Marc Elrich. The journey to consensus divided the leaders of Maryland’s most populous county, ultimately leading to a closed-door agreement and clashing visions for the future.
One council member opposed a tax increase altogether. Several voiced concerns that a 4.7 percent jump would not be enough and predicted that the funding gap would make future budget negotiations even more difficult.
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