Proposed Howard County Capital Budget Focuses on Education and Public Safety

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman released his capital budget for FY 2016. The $342.9 million proposed budget focuses on projects supporting education and public safety.

As reported by the Baltimore Sun,

Kittleman’s budget includes $96 million in general obligation bonds, down from $120 million a year in the two previous budget cycles.

More than 60 percent of the borrowed money — $58.7 million — will go toward education projects.

This includes funding for the school system and Howard Community College.

In addition to $2.4 million to fund two new fire stations, one in Elkridge and one in Columbia,

Other public safety projects in Kittleman’s budget include $2 million toward a third police station, which Kittleman said would likely be located in the old Cedar Lane school in Harper’s Choice, and $8.6 million to renovate the county’s detention center.

The County Executive is anticipated to release his operating budget on April 20 and both the operating and capital budgets will be voted on by the County Council by the end of May.

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