The Board of County Commissioners has released the schedule for the FY17 budget process.

Mr. Ted Zaleski, Director of Management and Budget, will present the Budget Overview on Thursday, March 17th . The FY17 Budget Overview is derived from hundreds of staff hours, during which staff review prior budgets, meet with agency and department leaders, follow trends in the real estate market, income taxes, recordation and filing fees, and a host of other activities to ensure that the recommended budget is based on the best, most accurate, and up-to-date information available.

The Recommended Budget will be presented to the Board on Tuesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 24th. After the presentation of the Recommended Budget, the Board will meet with each agency funded by the county. These meetings will be held in order to develop and adopt the final budget. Below is a list of meetings as they are currently scheduled:

Agency Meetings with the Commissioners
Tuesday, March 29
Thursday, March 31
Tuesday, April 5
Thursday, April 7

After the Commissioners have met with the agencies, the Board will begin discussing the budget options amongst themselves to create a proposed budget. The Proposed Budget Work Sessions will begin the second week of April.

Once the Proposed Budget is agreed upon by a majority of the Commissioners, a Proposed Budget News Conference will be held. The news conference is currently scheduled for Thursday, April 28th .

A series of community meetings will be hosted by Mr. Ted Zaleski to review and explain the Proposed Budget. These meetings are currently scheduled as follows:

Community Budget Meetings
Thursday, April 28th 7:00 pm Ronald Reagan Room of the County Office Building
Monday, May 2nd 7:00 pm Eldersburg Public Library
Tuesday, May 3rd 7:00 pm Mt. Airy Public Library
Monday, May 9th 7:00 pm Taneytown Public Library
Tuesday, May 10th 7:00 pm North Carroll Public Library

After all the Community Budget Meetings have been held, a Budget Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm in the Scott Center Auditorium of Carroll Community College.

Additional Budget Work Sessions may be held by the Commissioners to make any modifications to the proposed budget based on the information received during the Budget Public Hearing. These work sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Thursday, May 19th
Tuesday, May 24th

The Budget should be adopted on Thursday, May 26th .

These sessions are open to the public and will be televised on Channel 24 in addition to live stream on the county web site. All meetings will be held in the County Office Building, 225 North Center Street, Westminster MD 21157 unless otherwise noted. Meeting times and places are subject to change, please check the county web site or call 410-386-2400 to confirm.