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.