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.

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. 

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FY2022 Spending Affordability Advisory Committee
Committee Members


  • Steve Poynot (Committee Vice Chair)
  • Tonya Aikens, Howard County Library System
  • Todd Arterburn
  • Richard Clinch, Ph.D.
  • Lynn Coleman, Howard Community College
  • Piet de Dreu, Howard County Association of Realtors
  • Joan Driessen, Association of Community Services Howard County
  • Howie Feaga, Farm Bureau
  • Dan Gick
  • Ellen Flynn Giles
  • John C. Hendrickson
  • Daraius Irani, Ph.D.
  • Barbara K. Lawson
  • Milton Matthews, Columbia Association
  • Leonardo McClarty, Howard County Chamber of Commerce
  • Jahantab Siddiqui, Howard County Public School System
  • Joshua Tzuker
  • Dr. Chao Wu, Howard County Board of Education


  • 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



Meetings are virtual and scheduled as follows:

  • 11/19, 7:00am - 9:00am 
  • 12/3, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 12/10, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 12/17, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 1/7, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 1/14, 7:00am -9:00am
  • 1/21, 7:00am -9:00am
  • 1/28, 7:00am – 9:00am
  • 2/4, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 2/11, 7:00am - 9:00am
  • 2/25, 7:00am - 9:00am

 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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