About the Budget

Howard County operates on a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year.  By Charter, the County is required to have a balanced budget. The County budget has two parts:  capital and operating. The capital budget deals mainly with structures that have long useful lifespans like buildings, bridges, roads, and parks. The capital budget may also include the furniture, equipment, and supplies that are needed to start up operations at a new facility. The county operating budget covers the day to day activities of the county (and related agencies). It includes, for example, salaries, the cost of supplies and services, rent, bond and loan repayments, grants to the County's partners, and employee benefits.  

The public process begins in the fall with a public meeting for residents to express their budget priorities.  In February, the Planning Board reviews the proposed capital program and any new or substantially changed capital project. As part of the Planning Board’s process they hold a public nearing. The Planning Board then prepares comments and recommendations on these capital projects. County agencies develop budget requests and submit them to the County Executive by early March, and a second public meeting is held in the spring to update the public on the budget in process. In April, the County Executive submits the proposed capital and operating budgets to the County Council for its consideration. 

The Council review of the proposed budget begins with a series of  public hearings and work sessions in April and May. The Council may decrease proposed expenditures, but may not increase them or change the form of the budget.  The Board of Education’s budget is an exception to this. Here the Council may restore funds back to the level requested by the school board if the County Executive does not fully fund the BOE’s request. The Council adopts a budget each year on or before the first day of June. The Council voted on the current year’s budget Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 on May 24, 2017.

The Council received the County Executive's Proposed FY19 Capital Budget on March 29th, and the County Executive's Proposed Operating Budget on April 20th. The Council voted on the budget on May 31st.

Approved FY19 Operating Budget

Approved FY19 Capital Budget

PROPOSED FY19 BUDGET  (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Proposed FY19 Capital Budget   (as submitted to the Council on 3/29/18)
Proposed FY19 Operating Budget   (as submitted to the Council on 4/20/18)

Related Documents




FY 2018 Approved Operating Budget 
     To see the FY18 operating budget as proposed to the Council, click here.

FY 2018 Approved Capital Budget 
     To see the FY18 capital budget as proposed to the Council, click here.


             FY2017 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)
             Approved FY17 Capital Budget
             Approved FY17Operating Budget

FY2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)
Approved FY16 Capital Budget
Approved FY16 Operating Budget

FY2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)
Approved Operating FY15 Budget
Approved FY15 Capital Budget

FY2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)
Approved Operating FY14 Budget
Approved Capital FY14 Budget

FY2013 (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013)
Approved Operating FY13 Budget
Approved Capital FY13 Budget

FY2012 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012)
Approved FY12 Operating Budget
Approved FY12 Capital Budget

FY2011 (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011)
Approved Operating FY11 Budget
Approved Capital FY11 Budget




Board of Education's FY19 Requested Operating Budget
Superintendent's FY19 Proposed Operating Budget

Board of Education's FY19 Requested Capital Budget
Superintendent's FY19 Proposed Capital Budget


HCPSS Approved FY2018 Operating Budget

Board of Education’s Requested FY18 Operating Budget
Superintendent’s Proposed FY18 Operating Budget

HCPSS Approved FY2018 Capital Budget

Board of Education’s Requested FY18 Capital Budget
Superintendent's Proposed FY18 Capital Budget


             FY 2017 Approved Capital Budget

     Superintendent’s Proposed FY17 Capital Budget
     Board of Education’s Requested FY17 Capital Budget

FY 2017 Approved Operating Budget

     Superintendent’s Proposed FY17 Operating Budget
     Board of Education's Requested FY17 Operating Budget

Approved Operating Budgets (FY 2000 – 2017)
Approved Capital Budgets (FY 2008 – 2017)