Montgomery County will become the nation’s first county to tax major emitters of carbon dioxide.
The historic vote by the Montgomery County Council came with some tough, hard looks at other county services. It was decided to preserve essential amenities while keeping in mind the budget crunch created by the seemingly never-ending recession.
By unanimous vote, the public schools budget will be cut by $24.4 million. Also approved were increases in the county’s energy tax and tax on cell phone lines. EMS transport fees will raise almost $13 million a year with the hope that most of the fees will be paid by insurance companies.
The council meets Thursday and is scheduled to formally adopt the budget May 27.