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Keith Dorsey
Director, Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s budget for FY 2017 continues the County’s tradition of fiscal responsibility and expedites important school construction and air conditioning projects at County schools.

The Baltimore County Council voted this morning to adopt County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's proposed budget for FY 2017 with only minor changes. The County’s General Fund Operating Budget for FY 2017 is $1.99 billion, an increase of only 1.27% above the previous year, and falls within the Council’s spending affordability guidelines. Highlights of this year’s Total Operating Budget include reaching multi-year agreements with almost all of the employee groups, an $8 million increase in the Maintenance-of-Effort funding of the Public Schools – including 104 new positions, and second year in a row of more than $100 million in PAYGO funding (cash from the Operating Budget) of the Capital Budget.

The FY 2017 capital budget is more than $373 million, including $127 million in PAYGO funds. 51% of the total ($195.7 million) is dedicated to school renovation and construction projects for Baltimore County Public Schools. This Capital Budget level does not reflect the $39 million supplement for accelerating school air conditioning that has been focus of several recent news reports. In July, the County Executive will ask the County Council to approve the supplement so that the final six air conditioning only projects can be completed by the fall of 2018.

Despite the rhetoric coming from some outside critics who have no knowledge of Baltimore County finances and our ability to fulfill on time our $1.3 billion Schools for Our Future promise, the upcoming supplement is not a reaction but a continued effort that began in 2011, i.e., to put all available dollars into school construction.  Furthermore, the supplement will force Baltimore County to issue bonds in order to forward fund the State’s $44 million share of the cost.  The additional $44 million brings the total FY 2017 amount the County will advance the schools on behalf of the State to $166 million.  While the outside critics may focus on inventing motives for the County’s actions, they fail to respond to the real question – “When will the State pay off its $166 million I.O.U. to Baltimore County?”

I invite you to take a look at the comprehensive budget originally proposed by the County Executive. Meanwhile, here is the FY 17 adopted budget at a glance:

Where the Money Comes From

Where the Money Goes


Keith Dorsey
 Director, Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

The Baltimore County Council has voted to adopt County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's proposed budget for FY 2016 with only minor changes. The County’s General Fund Operating Budget for FY 2016 is $1.95 billion, an increase of 4.7% above the previous year. The budget is within the Council’s spending affordability guidelines.The FY 2016 capital budget is $870 million and adheres within sound financial debt ratios.

I invite you to take a look at the comprehensive budget originally proposed by the County Executive. Meanwhile, here is the FY 16 adopted budget at a glance:

pie chart of revenues

pie chart of expenditures


 
 

Revised September 26, 2016