Local school funding mandate opposed
County officials see rise in property taxes
Local leaders in Maryland say a proposed state mandate on local education funding goes too far in dictating the fiscal decisions made by county governments.
A budget package approved last week by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee would toughen a state law that already requires counties to match or increase their education funding from year to year. The law has been criticized by county officials in recent years as untenable.
Many state lawmakers say the change is needed to preserve the quality of public education, but county officials say it could force them to raise local property taxes and represents a further intrusion on local authority.
“We are quite proud of our support of education,” said Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner, a Democrat. “But at the same time, this bill is a significant over-