Westminster, MD, Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – This morning, Mr. Ted Zaleski, Director of Management and Budget, presented the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Overview to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) during Open Session.

The FY23 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 whole host of other activities to ensure that the recommended budget is based on the best, most accurate and up-to-date information possibly available.

Mr. Zaleski began the presentation with three core messages: the revenue outlook for the county and the state has brightened considerably; the recommended operating plan will not fully address the new Fire/EMS plans, implementation of the recent Segal Study recommendations, nor the plan for the Northern Landfill; and the county remains overcommitted. He then revealed a thorough and detailed presentation of the FY2023 budget. The entire Budget Overview presentation can be viewed on the county website.

Throughout March, April, and May, a series of budget meetings will be held to develop and adopt the final budget.  On March 22nd, the Recommended Budget will be presented to the BOC.  Then the board will meet with any agency requesting funding not included in the Recommended Budget.   Below is the list of meetings as they are currently scheduled:      

Agency Meetings with Commissioners

Thursday, March 24th

Tuesday, March 29th

Thursday, March 31st

After the commissioners meet with agencies, the board will begin discussing the budget options amongst themselves to create a proposed budget.  The Proposed Budget Work Sessions will begin on April 5th

Once the Proposed Budget is agreed upon by a majority of the commissioners, a release of the FY23 Proposed Budget reveal will be held on Tuesday, April 26th.

Director Zaleski will then hold a series of community meetings to review and explain the Proposed Budget.  These meetings are currently scheduled as follows:

Budget Community Presentations:

Wednesday, April 27th           7:00 pm                      Eldersburg Library

Thursday, April 28th               7:00 pm                      Mount Airy Library

Monday, May 2nd                   7:00 pm                      Westminster Library

Tuesday, May 3rd                   7:00 pm                      Taneytown Library

Monday, May 9th                    7:00 pm                      North Carroll Library

A Budget Public Hearing is scheduled to be held virtually on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 pm. More information on viewing and participating in the public hearing will be provided closer to the date.

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 for Tuesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 19th.

The FY2023 budget adoption is planned for Tuesday, May 24th.

At this time, these sessions are in person and open to the public, will be televised on Channel 24 and streamed live on the county website.  All meetings will be held in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157, unless otherwise noted.  Meeting times and places are subject to change, so please check the county website or call 410-386-2400 to confirm.

Meetings are available for viewing on the county meeting portal and the county YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.