Charles County, Maryland

New Video Highlights County Budget Process

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

New Video Highlights County Budget Process

Charles County Government has released a new video for residents who wish to learn about the county’s budget process. The video shows how your County Government determines how and where tax payer money is spent. View the budget online video at: https://youtu.be/DC7ZqYVvtes

Each year, Charles County Government staff, Commissioners, and affiliated agencies work collaboratively to provide recommendations for the General Fund Operating Budget adoption. This effort lasts nine months, and involves reviewing how much general fund money is available and where these funds should be allocated. 

Starting in the fall, county analysts begin preparing revenue estimates based on economic data, such as salary amounts, fringe estimates, and spending patterns of county departments. 

County analysts send budget recommendations to all the departments in November. Each department is assigned an analyst who works with the director and staff to determine their budget and needs. 

Once departmental budgets are decided, the County Administrator reviews the budgets. If there is a deficit, budget cuts are considered. If there is a surplus, the County Administrator will re-evaluate additional requests for next year’s budget. 

After the County Administrator approves the departmental budget, the county’s lead budget advisors and all departmental directors present the budget to the Charles County Commissioners for review. 

A public hearing is scheduled to provide residents the opportunity to voice their comments. Commissioners consider these comments and adjust the budget as needed. The fiscal 2018 budget public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). 

Once the Commissioners approve the budget, the General Fund Operating Budget is officially adopted on July 1 starting off a new fiscal year for Charles County Government.

Current fiscal 2017 and proposed fiscal 2018 budget information, budget details, infographics, and documents are available online at: www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/fas/budget/budget


About Charles County Government
The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.