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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).

Watch and see some of the essential services funded in the budget for more than one million Montgomery County residents.  Final Council action on the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget and amendments to the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program is scheduled for May 21, 2015.  For staff reports on specific items visit FY16 Operating Budget Home.


Councilmembers on the FY16 Operating Budget


To access subsequent years budget summary, please visit the archived budget summary page.

Open Budget Information

Montgomery County now has online budget publications covering all County departments, agencies and projects. This information allows users to visualize County budgets and spending. The Interactive Fiscal Plan tool, which can be linked from the Operating Budget information below, allows users to experiment with the information to better understand the County’s Operating and Capital budgets.

Operating Budget Information

Capital Budget Information

Interactive Fiscal Plan

Input alternative assumptions into the Fiscal Plan

FY16 Budget Highlights

  Montgomery County Council Adopts $5.08 Billion Total Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2016; Budget Has 1.7 Percent Increase
  Montgomery Council President Leventhal's remarks on Council's adoption of FY16 operating budget
  FY16 Budget Resolutions
  FY16 Operating Budget Final Reconciliation List
  FY16 Council Community Grants


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