Here is information sent by Howard County Government Office of the Budget to Howard County Council members concerning the HCPSS Superintendent’s proposed budget for FY2021:

Dear Members of the County Council:

By now, I hope you have had a chance to review the Superintendent’s proposed budget for FY2021. The Superintendent’s proposed budget requests $670.4 million in funding from the County, representing a $63.2 million (10.4 percent) increase over County funding provided in FY2020.  The $63.2 million requested increase in County funding is nearly double the $36.5 million in County-wide revenue growth generated in FY2020. Additionally, the proposed spending increase was nearly the amount of County funding growth to the HCPSS budget over the last four years combined.

The impact of fully funding the Superintendent’s proposed budget would be significant. Assuming revenue growth mirrors the $36.5 million generated in FY2020, funding the Superintendent’s proposed budget would force $27.6 million in cuts to County services including Howard Community College and Howard County Library System, equating to the cost of 450 police officers.  Our County must maintain a balanced, fiscally responsible approach to governing and budgeting that continues to earn us a Triple-A bond rating designation and responds to the various needs from the community.

We look forward to working with you, the Superintendent and the Board of Education to develop a budget that addresses the critical needs of the school system while remaining grounded in fiscal reality.

Thanks.

Holly

Holly Sun, Ph.D
Budget Administrator
Office of the Budget
Howard County Government

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The thing that stood out to me was the “funding the Superintendent’s proposed budget would force $27.6 million in cuts to County services including Howard Community College and Howard County Library System, equating to the cost of 450 police officers”.

Here is more information about the FY2021 Proposed Budget from the HCPSS Superintendent “HCPSS Superintendent proposed operating budget looks for more than $63 million in additional county funding in 2021“.

If you are looking for some history of how much funding was provided by HoCoGov in the past…check this out “Presentation of the Superintendent’s Proposed FY21 Operating Budget on January 9th“.

I said this before…I will say it again…I hope the school system and the Howard County Board of Education has a plan entering into their various work sessions when they do not get everything they have requested.

More to come as the FY2021 HCPSS operating budget moves forward.

Scott E

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