The County Executive submits proposed capital and operating budgets to the Council by January 15 and March 15, respectively.
The Council then holds public hearings and deliberates on the spending and revenue proposals.
By June 1, the Council must take final action on the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The Executive has an item veto which the Council may override by six votes. As a result of a 1996 Charter amendment, a six-year CIP is prepared every other year in the second and fourth year of an Executive/Council term.
The capital budget includes spending for construction projects such as schools and roads and is financed largely through bonds. The operating budget includes expenses for personnel, programs and capital budget debt service (principal and interest payments on the bonds).
To find detail information about each year's budget information click on the links below.