Howard County Executive Ulman’s Proposed Capital Budget Funds Schools, Parks, Stormwater

Howard County Executive Ulman released his proposed $259.9 million fiscal 2015 capital budget on April 1, which makes investments is schools, parks, water-quality projects, and the expansion of a new intercounty broadband network.

The county’s press release provides highlights of the capital budget spending plan.

Education: $88.5 million

Howard County Public School System: $77.3 million

  • Deep Run Elementary School (Elkridge) renovation and addition to create six new classrooms, enlarged music and health space, and the replacement of four modular classrooms with permanent space – $13.8 million
  • Atholton High School (Columbia) comprehensive renovation and addition – $9.5 million
  • Patuxent Valley Middle School (Savage) renovation and addition to replace six modular classrooms with permanent construction – $9.4 million
  • Wilde Lake Middle School replacement to create first net-zero-energy school (Columbia) – $7.7 million
  • Laurel Woods Elementary School (North Laurel) renovation – $7.2 million

Howard County Library System: $6.8 million

  • New Elkridge Branch – $6.3 million
  • Central and East Columbia Branch renovations – $500,000

Howard Community College: $4.4 million
Recreation and Parks: $22.3 million

  • Troy Regional Park – $8.9 million
  • Blandair Regional Park – $3 million
  • East Columbia Library Park – $3.5 million

Stormwater projects: $16.6 million

Public safety: $4.7 million

  • New Jessup Fire Station – $2.9 million
  • New Elkridge Fire Station – $505,000
  • Planning for third Police Station – $100,000

Roads, sidewalks and traffic: $26.9 million

The County Council will hold its first public hearing on the proposed capital budget on April 9 and County Executive Ulman will present his capital budget to the Council on April 21.

County Executive Ulman will release his proposed operating budget for fiscal 2015 by April 21.

More information on the county’s proposed capital budget can be found on the county’s website and in a recent Baltimore Sun article.