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Budget Administration / Formulation

Office of Budget and Finance
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
410-887-3313
Fax: 410-887-3097

Email your questions or comments to: financeinfo@baltimorecountymd.gov

Mission

It is the mission of Baltimore County to provide its citizens with sound economic and fiscal management as reflected in the completion of the county’s budget. The primary focus is to insure that the fiscal management of Baltimore County offers its citizens a safe, prosperous and friendly place to live.

The budget is administered by the County Administrative Officer and the Director of the Office of Budget and Finance. Article VII, Sections 701 - 721, of the County Charter dictate the requirements for the formulation and administration of the budget and the budgetary process. Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the budget and its details.

Baltimore County received the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2011 budget. The FY 2012 budget has been submitted to the GFOA to determine eligibility for another award.

Budget Information

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Borrowing Brochure

The Borrowing Brochure provides supplemental information for the borrowing referendum that will appear on the November 6, 2012 General Election ballot.

Demographics

Baltimore County is located in the geographic center of the State in a metropolitan area with a population exceeding 2.5 million. During the last two decades, the basic demography of the County has changed from predominately rural to an urban and rural mix. Within its 612 square miles (plus an additional 28 square miles of water) are situated at least 25 identifiable, unincorporated communities. The County's overall population grew 6.7 percent from 754,292 in 2000 to 805,029 in 2010. Today the County has the third highest population and is the third largest land area of any political subdivision in the State of Maryland.

New population growth in Baltimore County is being directed toward the targeted growth areas - White Marsh, to the east, and Owings Mills, to the west. Designated as growth areas in 1979, each town center is adjacent to major transportation networks with regional shopping centers. White Marsh has a projected population of 78,000 and the Owings Mills community has a projected population of 65,000.

Government

Baltimore County surrounds the City of Baltimore, but the two entities are entirely separate political units. Baltimore County performs all local governmental functions within its jurisdiction, as there are no incorporated towns, villages, municipalities or other political subdivisions with separate taxing authority. Under home rule charter since 1957, an elected County Executive and a seven-member County Council govern the County with each serving separate executive and legislative functions.

On or before April 16 of each year, the County Executive submits to the County Council a proposed Operating Budget for the ensuing fiscal year. A six-year Capital Improvement Program, the first year being the Capital Budget, is also submitted. The County Council may make reductions in the Executive's proposed budget, but may not increase any item or alter the revenue estimates. The Council must adopt a budget by June 1 or the Executive's proposed budget will stand adopted.

The fiscal year of the county government begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Intra-departmental transfers which do not exceed 10 percent of a program's operating budget may be authorized by the County Administrative Officer. All other amendments to the capital or operating budgets require approval by the County Executive and at least four members of the County Council.

Vision

Baltimore County: safe and sustainable communities, working together to achieve a future with a responsible balance of economy, equity and healthy natural environment where citizens value past achievements, future opportunities and diversity of choice to live, work, learn and prosper.

Revised September 27, 2013

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