Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Affordability

FY 2020 Spending Affordability Advisory Committee


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 2018, Calvin Ball named 20 members and seven current leaders of Howard County Government to serve on the committee, which will be led by Budget Director Holly Sun. Each member of the County Council was invited to nominate one committee member. The Chair is Steve Sachs, a respected business executive, who previously chaired the SAAC in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Others on the panel are named below.

The FY 2020 Committee is directed to prepare and present a report by March 1, 2019. To read last year's report click here.

Members of the committee include:

  • Rogers Barnes
  • Richard Clinch, Ph.D.
  • Lynn Coleman, Howard Community College
  • George Davis
  • Christina Delmont Small, Howard County Board of Education
  • Khaleda Hasan, Ph.D.
  • Jetheda Hernandez
  • Nikki Highsmith Vernick, The Horizon Foundation
  • Shaista Hira
  • Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
  • Rafiu Ighile, Howard County Public School System
  • Tonya Kennon, Howard County Library System
  • Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, Ph.D., Howard County General Hospital
  • Barbara Lawson
  • Jennifer Mallo, Howard County Board of Education
  • Milton Matthews, Columbia Association
  • Leonardo McClarty, Howard County Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Poynot
  • Joshua Tzuker
  • Beverly White-Seals, Community Foundation of Howard County

The following county employees will serve as advisors to the committee:

  • Holly Sun, Budget Administrator (Chair)
  • Caitlin Connors, Internal Auditor
  • Craig Glendenning, Howard County Auditor
  • Janet Irvin, Director, Department of Finance
  • Jennifer Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Lonnie R. Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • 1/15, 7:30am-9:00am 
  • 1/23, 7:00am-9:00am
  • 1/29, 7:00am-9:00am
  • 2/5,   7:00am-9:00am
  • 2/12, 7:00am-9:00am
  • 2/19, 7:00am-9:00am
  • 2/21, 7:00am-9:00pm (snow make-up day)
  • 2/26, 7:00am-9:00am (if needed