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FY 25 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.

All schedules are subject to change and will be updated below as necessary.

BUDGET STATUS: The Board of Education is holding work sessions and public hearings to gather feedback on and revise the proposed budget  

Jump to: Superintendent’s Proposed Budget | Budget Toolkit | 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

Superintendent Submits Proposed Budget

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

The recommendations contained in the proposed budget represent collaborative, strategic and forward-thinking work over several months to balance the budget based on revenue assumptions and current information available. This year, the Superintendent brought forward a proposal that not only considers our expenditure needs, but also balances those expenditure needs with an assumption of a reasonable funding increase that aligns with last year’s funding increase.

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.

Public Hearing

February 26, 2024, 7 p.m.

Hearing has reached capacity.

Work Session

February 29, 2024, 1 p.m.

Adoption of FY 2025 Operating & Capital Budgets and FY 2026-2030 Capital Improvement Program

March 5, 2024, 4:30 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 2024

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.

May 2024

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 →

County Council Budget Calendar →

May 2024

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 23, 2024, 4 p.m.