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Property taxes would rise under Leggett's Montgomery County budget plan

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Local,Maryland,Kate Jacobson,Montgomery County

Montgomery County homeowners would pay higher property taxes under the $4.8 billion operating budget that County Executive Ike Leggett proposed Friday for fiscal 2014.

The budget, a 4.1 percent increase from the current fiscal year, includes a pay raise for county employees that would equal about $31.6 million. That includes the 13.5 percent increase for the more than 5,000 county union employees over two years.

Homeowners' property taxes would increase 1.8 cents to $1.01 per $100 of assessed value, with the average homeowner's monthly bill rising $6.67, or $80 a year. Leggett said he proposed raising the taxes at the charter limit, though inflation rates were higher.

He also plans to leave the energy tax at its current level, a level that originally was supposed to be reduced at the end of fiscal 2012.

Residents' water bills also would increase 7.5 percent, with the average household paying another $5.05 per month to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Leggett also said he would fund Montgomery County Schools at the state-mandated level at $2.3 billion -- about $10 million less than what MCPS Superintendent Joshua Starr asked for.

kjacobson@washingtonexaminer.com

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