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FY 24 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 is outlined below. Accompanying links and documents are added as they become available.

Please note, schedules are subject to change and will be updated below as necessary.

Jump to: Superintendent’s Proposed Budget | Board of Education’s Requested Budget | County Executive’s Budget | Board of Education Spring Work Sessions | Howard County Council Budget | Board of Education Final Budget

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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.

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.

Board meetings, including work sessions and public hearings, may be viewed live or on-demand online, and during and after each meeting on Howard County Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 42.

January-February 2023

Work Session

February 14, 2023 1 p.m.

Adoption of FY 2024 Operating & Capital Budgets and FY 2025-2029 Capital Improvement Program

February 16, 2023 4 p.m.

County Executive Submits Proposed Budget

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

Howard County Government Budget Website →

April 2023

Board of Education Holds Additional Work Sessions & Public Hearings

Following the release of the County Executive’s proposed budget, the Board of Education holds additional work sessions and public hearings, as needed.

April-May 2023

Work Session (if needed)

April 27, 2023 7 p.m.

Public Hearing (if needed)

May 4, 2023 7 p.m.

County Council Adopts Budget

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

County Council Budget Website →

May 2023

Board of Education Adopts Final Budget

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

May 25, 2023 3 p.m.