Archive for May 2016

“Biggest tax hike since 2009 is now official in Montgomery County”

From the Washington Post of May 26, 2016: “The Montgomery County Council gave final approval Thursday to a $5.3 billion budget that includes the biggest property-tax hike in seven years, trims pay raises the county had promised to unionized workers and pours record funding into the school system….The budget, which takes effect July 1, includes a…

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“Montgomery County homeowners face biggest tax hike in seven years”

From the Washington Post of May 19, 2016: “The Montgomery County Council, citing the unmet needs of a school system facing explosive enrollment growth and a widening academic achievement gap, voted Thursday to raise the average residential property tax bill by 8.7 percent — the largest increase in seven years. The tax hike required a…

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“County Council Votes to Cut Pay Increases, Reduce Class Sizes”

From the Bethesda Beat May 16, 2016: “The council then pledged unanimous support of a $2.45 billion schools operating budget that is nearly $90 million more than the minimum required by state law…Council members made clear the spending approved Monday is dependent on the council’s approval of a 6.4 percent property tax increase and an…

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“Montgomery schools, teachers near deal to divert pay increases to classroom”

From the Washington Post of May 10, 2016: “The Montgomery County Board of Education is nearing an unusual agreement with unionized teachers and other school staff to divert $37 million earmarked for pay hikes into initiatives to reduce class size and otherwise improve instruction…..[County] Members are considering a $2.4 billion school appropriation for 2017, about…

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