June 16 // All mostly quiet on county budget front

As it turned out, most of the drama about County Executive Steve Schuh's fiscal 2018 budget proposal was over by the time he presented it on May 1. Schuh had decided on $22.5 million in one-time spending to stabilize the school system's failing health insurance plan as well as $15.6 million for a teacher salary step increase in a budget that went $20 million over the state-required maintenance-of-effort level. This attempt to shore up the schools turned out to be the biggest surprise of the budget proceedings, and what followed in the next month-and-a-half was anticlimactic. (Capital)

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