"There's an acknowledgment of the number of seats needed, and there seems to be the will to fund the additional seats," said Yara Cheikh, president of the PTA at Hampton Elementary School in Towson, the county's most overcrowded school.
Kamenetz's proposal includes a $2.8 billion operating budget and a $339 million capital budget. He would not raise the county's property tax rate, which would remain flat for the 25th year in a row, and would hold the income tax rate steady for the 21st consecutive year.
His budget avoids furloughs or layoffs of public workers, but it provides no cost-of-living raises for employees.
"I'm here today to ask you to stay the course," Kamenetz told an audience that filled the County Council chambers in Towson. "It's working."