Baltimore County Councilmen Resort to Legislative Logrolling in their Quest for a Pension Windfall

Last week the Baltimore County Council passed Bill 47-24, which places a proposed amendment to the county charter on the November ballot for approval by voters that would expand the size of the body from seven to nine members.

Largely lost in the debate over expansion was the fact that the amendment also would add language to the charter stating that “membership on the council shall be considered a full-time position for the purpose of determining compensation.”

I believe the council included that measure as part of a scheme to allow incumbent members to reap a windfall in pension benefits from a salary increase that likely will take effect next term if the amendment is approved by voters, even if the members leave the council at the end of the current term in 2026.