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Montgomery Council, citing schools needs, trims raises for unionized employees


The Montgomery County Council, taking a rare hard line with its public employee unions, tentatively agreed Monday to trim negotiated pay increases for county workers and approved a record $2.4 billion schools appropriation, on condition that the Board of Education reduces teacher pay hikes and uses the extra money to pare class size and upgrade instruction.

The council’s actions represent a bid to soften the blow of two major tax increases built into the proposed county operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1: a property tax hike of 6 to 9 percent and a rise in taxes on home sales that will increase closing costs.


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