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Budget FY19: The Budget Process

← More information about the FY 2019 Budget

Each fall, the school system develops priorities and begins to compile budget requests for the next fiscal year. These requests are submitted to the school system’s budget office and are reviewed by the Superintendent and other system leaders. The Superintendent submits a proposed budget to the Board of Education in January.

The Board holds public hearings and work sessions, then submits a budget request to the Howard County Executive in March. The County Executive may recommend changes to the education request before submitting a proposed budget to the County Council in April. The Board of Education may amend its budget request and the county government may consider the amendments before the budget is approved.

The County Council holds public hearings and makes changes to the County Executive’s budget. The council may reduce any portion of the executive’s budget and may also restore funding to the school system. Additional Board of Education meetings may be held during the latter part of the County Council’s budget review process to respond to last minute budget issues.

The County Council approves the county budget in late May. The Board of Education adopts the detailed school system budget by June 1.

FY 2019 Operating Budget Approval Schedule

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January 9 – 7:30 p.m.

Superintendent presents budget.

January 30* – 7:00 p.m.

Public Hearing I on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget – Register to speak at hearing

February 1 – 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Board of Education Public Work Session I on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

February 6 – 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Board of Education Work Session II on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

February 13 – 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Board of Education Work Session III on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

February 13 – 7:00 p.m.

Public Hearing II on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

February 15 – 1:00 p.m.

Board of Education Work Session IV on Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

February 22 – 3:00 p.m.

Board of Education Adopts Budget Request

March 9

Board of Education’s Requested Budget Submitted to County Executive

April 23 – 7:00 p.m.

County Executive budget presentation to the County Council

April 24 – 7:30 p.m.

Board of Education public hearing on budget changes

April 25 – 7:00 p.m.

County Council Public Hearing on Board of Education Request

April 26 – 7:30 p.m.

Board of Education budget work session (if necessary)

April 30 – 8:30 a.m.

County Council Work Session I on Board of Education Request

May 18 – 8:30 a.m.

County Council Work Session II on Board of Education Request

May 25 – 8:30 a.m.

County Council Work Session III on Amendments & Pending Issues

May 30 – 10:00 a.m.

County Council Approves Operating Budget

May 31 – 9:00 a.m.

Board of Education Adopts Approved Operating Budget

*Opportunity for public testimony