On March 20, Ted Zaleski, Carroll County’s Director of the Department of Management & Budget, presented a $362.3 million recommended budget to the County Commissioners, a decrease of $4.8 million from the FY 2014 approved budget.
From the Carroll County Times article,
Staff has recommended increasing county funding to more than a dozen departments and agencies that it either entirely or partially funds. Zaleski said staff recommended increased funding for so many entities this year because they expect county revenues to increase over FY14 numbers.
The county’s largest recommended cut in funding is to the Carroll County Public School system. In 2013, the commissioners approved a multi-year budget plan to fund the school system at $163.5 million in FY14 and $162 million in FY15, with an additional $4 million coming from the school system’s fund balance.
Superintendent of Schools Steve Guthrie said the school system has internally prepared four different budgets, depending on if the board of commissioners decides to increase, decrease or hold funding flat from FY14.
Carroll County’s recommended budget also included a 3 percent funding cut to nonprofits that Carroll County partially funds and to withdraw funding the Carroll County Agricultural Land Preservation Program through FY2017.
Zaleski said the program currently has $10 million available in its fund to cover any farm preservation in plans for in the next few fiscal years. In Fiscal Year 2018, the county would go back to funding the program at $2 million a year, Zaleski said.