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FY 21 Operating Budget Process

The operating budget process is a collaborative, multi-step process involving HCPSS, the Board of Education, and Howard County Government. Each step, as well as the time frame in which they occur, is outlined below.

Budget Standing

The budget process is currently in Step 2 – Board of Education Reviews Budget & Adopts Requested Budget.

See full Board of Education/County Executive/County Council budget schedule.

Step 1 – Superintendent Submits Proposed Budget

The Superintendent presents a proposed budget to the Board of Education.

The proposed budget is based on requests from performance managers, who identify their budgetary needs for the coming fiscal year. The requests are reviewed by the HCPSS budget office, HCPSS leadership and the Superintendent, and inform the proposed budget submitted to the Board.

Step 2 – Board of Education Reviews Proposed Budget and Adopts Requested Budget

The Board of Education holds work sessions and public hearings to gather feedback on and revise the operating budget.

The Board of Education adopts a requested budget, which is submitted to the Howard County Executive in March.

Step 3 – County Executive Submits Proposed Budget, April 2020

The County Executive reviews the Board’s request and submits a proposed Howard County budget to the County Council.

Step 4 – County Council Adopts Budget, May 2020

The County Council holds public hearings, implements revisions, and adopts a budget for the county that includes funding the school system.

County Council Budget Calendar →

Step 5 – Board Adopts Operating Budget

The Board adopts a detailed school system budget, which serves as the final Approved Operating Budget.

May 28, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Work Session

April 30, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Public Hearing

May 7, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Budget Adoption

May 28, 2020 3:00 p.m.