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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the major sources of revenue for the budget?

A. Property taxes provide 32 percent of the County's General Fund revenue and individual income taxes provide another 21 percent. Like other Maryland counties, Baltimore County can not levy corporate income tax or a general sales tax, and does not have access to lottery revenues.

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Q. What are the tax rates of the County's major taxes?

A. Baltimore County has had no new taxes for FY 2013.  The income tax rate of 2.83% is unchanged and the real property tax rate will remain at $1.10 per $100 of assessed value; both have not increased in 20 and 24 years, respectively.

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Q. What is the size of Baltimore County's Budget?

A. The General Fund (tax supported) budget for FY 2013 is $1,648,479,154. When special funding for restricted grants and non County aid such as state / federal grants to the public schools and tuition for the community college is added to the General fund amount, the Total Operating Budget reaches $2,929,619,884.

Adopted  FY 2013 Total Operating Budget - Source of Funding

Agencies

General Fund

Special Fund

Total

Schools

$718,248,079

$696,340,790

$1,414,588,869

Police Protection

$189,255,925

$11,629,104

  $200,885,029

Community College

$44,931,777

$228,510,914

$273,442,691

Public Works

$94,442,981

$184,193,560

  $278,636,541

Insurance Contributions

$83,433,585

 

  $83,433,585

Fire Protection

$90,844,693

$3,110,891

  $93,955,584

Debt Service

 $77,906,934

 

  $77,906,934

Economic Development

$1,345,282

$2,294,500

$3,639,782

Health

$19,234,048

 $39,291,356

  $58,525,404

General Government

$82,543,545

  $1,420,169

  $83,963,714

Retirement & Social Security

$82,618,805

 

  $82,618,805

Libraries

$33,925,349

$7,351,712

$41,277,061

Corrections

$34,387,582

 $607,678

$34,995,260

State Mandated Agencies

$22,644,268

 $3,743,417

$26,387,685

Aging

$4,545,842

$11,803,838

  $16,349,680

Other Programs

$29,840,386

$79,645,420

  $109,485,806

Recreation & Parks

$10,592,066

$4,250,409

  $14,842,475

Social Services

$6,279,646

$6,227,718

$12,507,364

Emergency (911) Communications Center

$11,505,948

 

  $11,505,948

Environmental Protection & Sustainability

$4,952,413

  $719,254

  $5,671,667

Contribution to Capital Budget (PAYGO Funds)

$5,000,000

 

  $5,000,000

Fund Total

$1,648,479,154

$1,281,140,730

$2,929,619,884

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Q. How many full & part-time positions are employed in Baltimore County government?

A. In FY 2013, there are 7,958 full and part-time positions employed in the County's general government and another 16,912 positions with the County's schools, community college, and libraries - thus a total of 24,870. Public Safety comprises over half (4,233) of those general government positions. Position allocations for FY 2013 are presented in the following chart:

Position Allocation - All Funds

 

FY 1987

FY 1991

FY 1995

FY 2012

FY
2013

FY 2012-2013 - % Change

FY 1987-2013 - % Change

General Government

1,179

1,377

1,126

1,120

1,048

-6.4%

-11.1%

Health and Human Services

1,140

1,275

1,123

1,252

1,144

-8.6%

  0.4%

Recreation and Community Services

429

497

425

298

281

-5.7%

  -34.5%

Public Works

1,295

1,389

998

926

867

  -6.4%

  -33.1%

Subtotal

4,043

4,538

3,672

3,596

3,340

-7.1%

-17.4%

Public Safety

3,386

3,738

3,712

4,272

4,233

-0.9%

25.0%

State Mandated Agencies

330

363

369

394

385

-2.3%

16.7%

Schools, College, Libraries

12,158

12,697

13,154

16,880

16,912

0.2%

39.1%

 Grand Total

19,917

21,336

20,907

25,142

24,870

-1.1%

24.9%

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Q. What is the size of the County's Capital Budget and Capital Program?

A. The Capital Program is a six-year plan for the provision of the County's long-term facility and infrastructure needs. In the Capital Budget, the first year of the plan is the only year actually appropriated. The plan receives a full update on a biennial cycle that first coincides with the passage of the bond referendum every two years. FY 2013 is the second year of the cycle. The County's FY 2013 Capital Budget is $69,844,174. The entire Capital Program, covering fiscal years 2013 to 2018, totals $2,009,164,720. 

Capital Budget 2013

Capital Improvement Program FY 2013 - 2018

County Funds

Total
For 6 Year
Program

Budget Year
2013

FY
2014

FY
2015

FY
2016

FY
2017

FY
2018

9331R - General funds

13,938,277

13,938,277

0

0

0

0

0

9339R - Reallocated General Funds

4,348,990

4,348,990

0

0

0

0

0

9351R - Metro Construction Fund

15,000

0

5,000

0

5,000

0

5,000

9359R - Reallocated Metro Fund

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9441R - Current/Future G O Bonds

750,831,000

0

255,428,000

0

250,403,000

0

245,000,000

9444R - Rereleased O Bonds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9449R - Reallocated G O Bonds

40,146,349

40,146,349

0

0

0

0

0

9451R - Metro Bonds

1,060,636,546

0

358,246,546

0

354,195,000

0

348,195,000

9459R - Reallocated Metro Bonds

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

1,869,916,162

58,433,616

613,679,546

0

604,603,000

0

593,200,000

Outside Funds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9105R - Community Block Grant

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9115R - Reallocated CDBG

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9118R - American Recovery and Reinvest

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9119R - Federal/State Aid

28,825,000

0

3,205,000

0

9,120,000

0

16,500,000

9222R - Department Natural Resources

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9224R - Program Open Space

20,864,416

3,189,416

3,675,000

0

8,000,000

0

6,000,000

9226R - St Waterway Improve Fund

2,968,000

0

1,856,000

0

556,000

0

556,000

9229R - State Aid

39,221,142

7,821,142

10,755,000

0

10,310,000

0

10,335,000

9234R - Reallocated Open Space

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9236R - Reallocated State Aid

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9560R - Developers Responsibility

4,800,000

0

1,600,000

0

1,600,000

0

1,600,000

9563R - Homeowners Reimbursement

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9564R - Petitioners Responsibility

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9565R - Fixed Deposits

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9650R - Storm Water Waiver Fee

3,420,000

0

1,140,000

0

1,140,000

0

1,140,000

9666R - Verizon

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9667R - Sale of Property

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9670R - Agricultural Pres Tax

3,000,000

0

1,000,000

0

1,000,000

0

1,000,000

9671R - Local Open Space Waiver Fee

4,500,000

0

1,500,000

0

1,500,000

0

1,500,000

9672R - Baltimore City

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9673R - Harford County

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9674R - Howard County

9,500,000

0

1,500,000

0

4,000,000

0

4,000,000

9675R - Anne Arundel County

4,500,000

0

500,000

0

2,000,000

0

2,000,000

9677R - Student Fees

400,000

400,000

0

0

0

0

0

9678R - Donations

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9679R - Other

450,000

0

150,000

0

150,000

0

150,000

9680R - MD Water Quality Rev Loan

15,000,000

0

3,000,000

0

3,000,000

0

9,000,000

9681R - Reallocated MD Water Quality

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9682R - Baltimore City - Appropriated

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9683R - BWI Airport

800,000

0

200,000

0

300,000

0

300,000

9684R - Howard County - Appropriated

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9690R - Reforestation Waiver Fee

1,000,000

0

400,000

0

300,000

0

300,000

Total

139,248,558

11,410,558

30,481,000

0

42,976,000

0

54,381,000

Total Capital Program

2,009,164,720

68,844,174

644,160,546

0

647,579,000

0

647,581,000

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Q. How can I get more information about the Baltimore County Budget?

A. The full budget for prior fiscal years, which end June 30, is available online. You also may call 410-887-3313 or fax 410-887-3097 for further information.

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Revised August 9, 2012

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