Howard’s Proposed Budget Funds Schools, Mental Health Initiatives

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman released his proposed fiscal 2016 budget this week. The $1 billion budget does not propose any tax increases, furloughs or layoffs; but provides funds to close a state gap in education funding and for mental health initiatives.

As reported by the Baltimore Sun,

The proposal is $19.2 million, or 2 percent, less than last year’s approved operating budget, which funds county programs and employee salaries and pensions. Kittleman attributed the decrease to limited revenue growth — the county’s general fund is projected to grow by just $21.2 million next year — and called the proposal “a prudent, yet comprehensive plan.”

The county executive’s budget allocates $544.1 million to the Howard school system, a figure that includes funding to plug an expected $2.8 million shortfall in state aid.

…The budget also includes $250,000 for three new mental health initiatives announced earlier this month.

The County Council must approve the budget by late May.

The FY 2016 Executive Proposed Operating Budget can be found on the county’s website.

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