200 Baltimore St.
La Plata, MD 20646
Chief of Budget
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Charles County budget is the annual financial blueprint of the board of commissioners priorities to balance available resources with the service needs of our residents.
How is the Budget Developed?
Watch the informational video that shows the process that Charles County Government uses to develop a budget ready for adoption.
Who decides how county money is spent?
The County Administrator is responsible for the development and administration of the budget, which is reviewed and approved by the Board of Commissioners.
How is the budget developed?
The County Administrator works with departments to develop a proposed budget that is presented to the Board of Commissioners in April. A public hearing is held in late spring prior to budget adoption. The Board of Commissioners adopts a proposed budget to have a spending plan in place before the fiscal year begins on July 1. As required by State law, budget adoption must occur by June 30. The final budget is published by the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services and is available online as a PDF file that can be downloaded.
What is the general fund?
The general fund is the largest operating fund of Charles County Government. The general fund is used to account for financial transactions associated with government services, which are not legally required to be accounted for in a special fund, or are not part of self-supporting operations, which are called enterprise funds.