Montgomery County Budget Game

The fiscal 2009 budget, seen below under "proposed budget," was recommended to the County Council by County Executive Isiah Leggett. In the proposed budget, Leggett raised the property tax rate and the property tax credit that is received to close the deficit. How would you balance the budget?

Manipulate the income and property tax rates below to your liking and see if you need to cut your expenses this year. If you end up in the green, all your programs will be funded -- if not, you'll need to adjust the tax rates to close the deficit.

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GRAPHIC: By Laura Cochran and Alyson Hurt,, and Ann Marimow, The Washington Post - May 21, 2008

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