Fiscal Year 2017 Spending Affordability

Kittleman encourages public input to Spending Affordability Advisory Committee

The Final Spending Affordability Committee Report for Fiscal 2017 is now available.

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman solicited public input and pledged openness and transparency as the Spending Affordability Advisory Committee (SAAC) prepares recommendations regarding revenues and expenditures for County government over the next five years.

Created by Executive Order in December 2015, Kittleman named 23 members to the committee. Each member of the County Council was invited to nominate one committee member. The Chair will be Steve Sachs, a respected business executive, who previously chaired the SAAC in 2015. Others on the panel are named below.

Also serving as advisors to the Committee are seven current leaders of the Howard County Government, including the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Budget Administrator and the County Auditor.

“Howard County is faced with long-term environmental, transportation, educational, safety and employee benefit obligations,” said Kittleman. “This committee’s work is vital to ensuring that we build on our excellent quality of life while living within our means. The County cannot overburden itself with debt, nor can it jeopardize its AAA bond rating. The level of County spending should be consistent with the economic growth of the County.”

In the Executive Order establishing the SAAC, Kittleman directed that it “review in detail the status and projections of revenues and expenditures” for the coming fiscal year 2017, and for years 2018-2021 as well. Kittleman also tasked the SAAC with evaluating the impact of economic indicators such as changes in personal income and the growth of the assessable base.

The Committee is directed to prepare and present a report by March 1, 2016.

Members of the committee include:
  • Lorenzo D. Ascoli
  • Nina Basu
  • Drew Clark
  • Richard Clinch, PhD.
  • Lynn Coleman, Howard Community College
  • Beverly Davis, Howard County Public School System
  • Ryan Frederic
  • Ellen Flynn Giles, Howard County Board of Education
  • Valerie Gross, Howard County Library System
  • Bruce Harvey
  • Steve Hunt
  • Jim Hyatt
  • Barbara Lawson
  • Larry Letow
  • Milton Matthews, Columbia Association
  • Leonardo McClarty, Howard County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dwight Mikulis
  • Steve Poynot
  • Steve Sachs (Chair)
  • Sue Song
  • Joshua Tzuker
  • Edward L. Waddell, CPA
  • James Young, Howard County General Hospital
“We take seriously our charge to advise the County Executive on both a borrowing limit and a recommendation on spending for FY 2017 as well as our perspective on the out years,” said Sachs. “Our perspective is to think of the County as our house and look at our income (revenue) and needs (expenses) from a common sense and practical perspective as to our ability to sustain the quality of life within the County.”

The following County employees will serve as advisors to the committee:
  • Lonnie R. Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Jahantab Siddiqui, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the County Executive
  • Holly Sun, Budget Administrator
  • Stanley Milesky, Director, Department of Finance
  • Caitlin Connors, Internal Auditor
  • Craig Glendenning, Howard County Auditor
  • Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority
The SAAC has been meeting since January 7, 2016. 
All meetings were open to the public. 


March 18, 2016

March 11, 2016

Support documents

FY 2017 Fiscal Outlook Overview

Debt Affordability presentation by Department of Finance

February 4, 2016

Support documents

Howard County economic outlook and personal income projections

Howard County Public School System Superintendent's proposed operating budget

Howard County Public School System citizen's guide to the proposed operating budget

How much is $51.8 million

Spending affordability presentation by Department of Planning and Zoning

January 21, 2016

Support documents

Economic Development presentation

The Stormwater Challenge

Police presentation

January 14, 2016

Support documents

County contribution to schools

FY 2017 Capital budget pages

FY 2017 superintendent proposed capital budget

Howard County spending compared to other Maryland counties

Spending affordability committee HCCC

Spending affordability powerpoint Library system

January 7, 2016

Support documents

Initial presentation