Well, it is budget time in Howard County. The budget schedule is outlined in the Baltimore Sun (Budget hearings, work session set) and can also be found on the Howard County web site (http://www.co.ho.md.us/CountyCouncil/CC_BudgetCalendar.htm)
Tuesday, April 29, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; continue at 7:00 p.m.
Public Hearing – Capital and Operating Budgets
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Public Hearing – Operating Budget
The final vote is cureently scheduled for May 22nd.
How does Howard County’s budget compare with spending across the state? Well according to the Maryland Manual Online, and 2006 census numbers, the average spending per person is $2349.60. Howard County’s $1,325,373,662 ranks number one at $4,865 (and this does not count the Columbia Association CPRA or any HOA fees). A complete comparison by Maryland counties is shown in the attached graph below.