ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is calling for a reduction in government spending for the first time in more than 40 years.
Leggett proposed a $4.3 billion budget Monday. It calls for cuts across the government, including libraries and other services. The plan also gives schools $137 million less than required by the state.
Leggett is calling for an energy tax that would cost about $3 per month for the average household. He has called for an ambulance fee that has been rejected by the county council in the past.
To close one of the largest projected budget deficits in the region, Leggett is proposing no pay increase for county employees. He would eliminate 200 currently filled jobs and impose 10 days of furloughs for non-public-safety employees.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com
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