The Carroll County Board of Commissioners yesterday voted unanimously to adopt a $417.6 fiscal 2021 operating budget. The budget, which is $1.2 million less than the fiscal 2020 budget, holds the line on property taxes and fully funds the maintenance of effort requirement for Carroll County Public Schools.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Carroll County Director of Management and Budget, Ted Zaleski, estimates that the County could lose $4 million per month in revenues as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the approved budget reflects a significant reduction in local revenues and expenditures.
The commissioners stressed that the budget remains a work in progress, and intend to revisit the spending plan at a future date in the fall, after the County determines the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and has more information on state and federal funding assistance.