County executive's budget proposal calls for tax hikes and hundreds of layoffs

Massive cuts and hundreds of layoffs are looming as the county executive gets set to announce his budget plan.

County Executive Andy Spano is expected to unveil his budget proposal on Friday. Spano's proposed budget could have residents paying as much as 25 percent more in their county property tax bill. Spano says without a new revenue source, the county has only two choices -- either make service cuts or raise taxes

To avoid such a large tax increase, Spano plans to make $30 million worth of cuts, which include laying off 236 civil service employees. The cuts also include leaving 83 vacant jobs unfilled. The services most affected by the cuts are expected to be foster care and homeless services. Part of the county executive's plan calls for contracting out, or out-sourcing, some of the work social services currently does.

The county executive says making cuts is very difficult and blames unfunded state mandates for the county's financial problems.

Click here to listen to the county executive's budget announcement at 11 a.m. on Friday.

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