David Yungmann District 5 County Council posted the following information on Facebook on May 11th:
I am both disappointed and frustrated that the County Council is being forced to consider two tax increases, growth in operational spending and new long term bond debt that far exceeds the pre-COVID recommendations. None of these components of the County Executive’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget reflects the financial losses and anxiety that thousands of our citizens are enduring right now. The attached video clip provides context to why I am so committed to budget reductions this year.
I will oppose both tax increases and push hard to bring all spending down. I have scrubbed the capital budget and will be sponsoring a budget amendment to reduce that spending by $35 million (30%) and reallocate some funding between different capital projects. The outcomes will be a reduction in new borrowing, the preservation of one-time operating funds that can be used to offset this temporary revenue interruption, and continuation of priority capital projects despite the current economic crisis. I am also working through various scenarios, including deferral of wage increases, elimination of vacant positions and limiting new efforts by departments, in order to reduce operating expenses by the additional $10-$15 million needed to balance the budget without the tax increases. Please support these efforts by sending your thoughts to the County Executive and other Council members who can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Here is that video clip shared in that post: https://howardcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=4255
I added it on YouTube to embed it into this post:
Here are a few articles on this topic written by this blog:
The proposed FY2021 operating budget from Howard County Government would increase spending by more than $34 million (or a 2% overall increase): https://www.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=q5FIpRmFSMY%3d&tabid=1120&portalid=0
The question for residents…in the world we live in today with businesses closed, people out of work and the rough financial situations we all face today due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic…is THIS the year that our elected officials should be looking for another round of tax increases in Howard County?
We now wait to see if the County Council moves forward with THESE tax increases on residents.