The Spending Affordability Advisory Committee (SAAC) is tasked with making recommendations to the County Executive on revenue projections, General Obligation bond authorizations, long-term fiscal outlook, and County revenue and spending patterns. 

SAAC is directed to prepare and present a report to the County Executive, on or before March 1 annually including:

  • Projected General Fund revenues for the upcoming fiscal year;
  • Recommended new county debt (General Obligation bonds) authorization;
  • An analysis of the long-term fiscal outlook including multi-year projections; and
  • Other findings and/or recommendations that the committee deems appropriate.
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Committee Members

The committee consists of citizens and representatives of major organizations along with county staff to serve as advisors to the Committee. Each member of the County Council was invited to nominate one member.


  • Todd Arterburn
  • Tonya Aikens, Howard County Library System
  • Lakey Boyd, Columbia Association
  • Richard Clinch, Ph.D.
  • Lynn Coleman, Howard Community College
  • Joan Driessen, Association of Community Services Howard County
  • Howie Feaga, Farm Bureau
  • Ellen Flynn Giles
  • Daniel Gick
  • Khaleda Hasan
  • John C. Hendrickson
  • Cleveland Horton II, Howard County Association of Realtors
  • Steve Hunt
  • Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
  • Barbara K. Lawson
  • Jennifer Mallo, Howard County Board of Education
  • Leonardo McClarty, Howard County Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Poynot (Committee Vice Chair)
  • Joshua Tzuker
  • Jahantab Siddiqui, Howard County Public School System


  • Holly Sun, Ph.D., County Budget Administrator

Advisors (County Staff)

  • Craig Glendenning, Howard County Auditor
  • Rafiu Ighile, Director, Department of Finance
  • Jennifer Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Patrick Pope, Internal Auditor
  • Lonnie R. Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority

Upcoming Meetings 

  • 1/07, 7:00am - 9:00am 
  • 1/13, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 1/20, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 1/27, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 2/04, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 2/08, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 2/10, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 2/24, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

2022 Meeting Videos

January 13, 2022

January 7, 2022

Meeting Videos

January 28, 2021


January 21, 2021


January 7, 2021


December 17, 2020


December 10, 2020


December 3, 2020


November 19, 2020

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