The Baltimore County Council on Monday decided against granting property tax breaks to police officers, firefighters and other public safety workers.
Councilman Wade Kach had proposed phasing in a property tax break of up to $2,500 for eligible public safety workers over the next three years.
With more than 2,000 people eligible, the break would have resulted in a revenue reduction of $5.3 million per year when fully phased-in, according to a county analysis.
Council members voted 4-3 along party lines to table the measure, effectively defeating it. Kach and Republicans voted against tabling the tax credit, while Democrats voted for tabling it.
Kach had said the tax break would have helped recruit public safety workers and convince them to make their home in the county.