The Perfect Storm for County Budgets? (Spoiler: Yes)

A storm is brewing. Rising costs, revenue write downs, unfunded mandates, and greater demand for services all signal turbulent times ahead for county government budgets.

At this year’s MACo Summer Conference, MACo’s Budget and Finance Affiliate will host a panel discussion on the economy, best practices for planning, budgeting, and forecasting, and strategies for how counties can best prepare for future fiscal uncertainties.

Perfect Storm for County Budgets? (Spoiler: Yes)

Description: A storm is brewing. Rising costs, revenue write downs, unfunded mandates, and greater demand for services all signal turbulent times ahead for county government budgets. Economic instability, shifting demographics, and a looming uncertainty around the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar overhaul of Maryland’s education system only exacerbate the growing pressure on county budgets. In this session, panelists will present a realistic economic outlook, share best practices for planning, budgeting, and forecasting, and discuss strategies for how counties can best prepare for future fiscal uncertainties.

Speakers:

  • Ted Zaleski, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Carroll County
  • Robert Sandlass, Treasurer, Harford County
  • Andrew Schaufele, Director, Bureau of Revenue Estimates, Maryland Comptroller

Moderator: The Honorable Adelaide Eckardt, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Friday, August 16, 2019; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17, 2019 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “Winds of Change.”

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