With the Maryland economy showing continued signs of modest, but not particularly strong or reliable growth, many of Maryland’s counties are taking a measured approach to the budget year ahead. County budgets — with each county on its own cycle for proposal and adoption — are coming together with a common theme in many places of modest spending growth, no changes in tax rates, and fairly new major initiatives.
Below, we round up several jurisdictions’ budget progress, with links to local newspaper coverage, county websites, and other resources that offer more details on the proposals and processes underway. In many counties with the Commissioner form of government, the first step is a staff-developed proposal, which does not yet include any actions by the elected governing body, and acts merely as a starting point for discussion and community input. Each county begins a new fiscal year on July 1.