With Warnings About the Future, Baltimore County Council Passes Budget

The Baltimore County Council Thursday unanimously passed a $5 billion budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

It does not include an increase in the tax rate and the council cut just one item from County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s proposed spending plan: $600,000 was taken from design plans for renovating the county council’s office.

During his budget message, County Council Chairman Izzy Patoka, a Democrat, said the council is concerned about the future fiscal landscape.