There will also be a 1 percent increase in property taxes and several hundred thousand dollars in cuts to public libraries. Meanwhile, the police department budget is being raised by nearly $3 million.
Another proposal includes increasing health-care premiums for government workers from 20 percent to 25 percent unless they join HMO plans. The county council also proposed long-term cuts to pension plans by capping future cost-of-living increases.
If it passes a final vote, set for May 26, the budget will go into effect July 1. Public union officials, who had organized an earlier rally to protest budget cut proposals in Rockville, Maryland, are working as part of a county task force to hammer out details of cuts to workers health-care plans.
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