Baltimore County, Maryland

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Transparency grading process

Baltimore County is one of 24 counties in Maryland.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Maryland county websites


This website was reviewed on March 25, 2012.

The good

  • County council members are listed with contact information.[1]
  • Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted.[2]
  • Zoning regulations[3] and building permit information are posted.[4]
  • Audits are posted.[5]
  • Budgets are posted.[6]
  • Bid opportunities and results are posted.[7]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[8]
  • County and state tax rates are posted,[9] and property taxes and searchable and payable online.[10]

The bad

Elected officials

Baltimore County's executive is Kevin Kamenetz.[11]

County council

2012 County Council Members[1]
Name District
Tom Quirk 1
Vicki Almond 2
Todd Huff 3
Kenneth Oliver 4
David Marks 5
Cathy Bevins 6
John Olszewski 7

Budget

2012

Budget Funding - All Funds[12]
Source 2010 Actual 2011 Revised 2012 Budget
Property tax $814,099,315 $841,579,876 $847,853,310
Income tax $495,655,906 $500,427,817 $508,547,194
Service taxes $104,393,300 $99,973,436 $106,995,400
State aid $597,489,447 $633,240,672 $621,439,146
Federal aid $169,952,531 $191,962,912 $186,812,799
Fees & other $397,389,463 $483,246,664 $511,361,992
Fund balances $142,535,640 $68,466,653 $85,181,382
Total $2,721,515,602 $$2,818,898,030 $2,868,191,223
Budget Expenditures - All Funds[12]
Area 2010 Actual 2011 Revised 2012 Budget
Department of Education (a) $1,351,040,659 $1,374,959,598 $1,386,752,574
Department of Public Works (a) $299,557,951 $312,070,462 $304,135,190
Police Department $194,024,345 $204,761,464 $205,542,616
Capital Projects - PAYGO $27,583,605 $2,600,000 $636,805
Community College (a) $200,616,821 $228,579,049 $260,499,454
Debt Service $66,194,217 $73,829,162 $76,598,024
Fire Department $91,800,318 $95,710,227 $94,567,299
Insurance (b) $67,606,791 $69,558,345 $68,574,811
General Government $55,625,393 $56,114,472 $55,429,205
Housing Office $50,164,292 $54,187,500 $54,381,370
Department of Health $47,410,153 $51,929,419 $56,240,532
Department of Libraries $42,548,140 $41,130,917 $41,449,927
Retirement and Social Security (b) $70,549,824 $71,499,011 $76,933,463
Department of Corrections $34,080,842 $35,119,946 $35,089,775
State Mandated Agencies $24,001,685 $28,487,511 $26,447,329
Department of Aging $14,578,979 $17,602,585 $18,089,558
Recreation and Parks $19,253,019 $20,312,759 $21,514,760
Department of Social Services $11,911,307 $14,061,232 $15,602,214
Emergency Communications Center $11,272,463 $11,346,499 $11,131,331
Community Development Grants $8,155,545 $13,378,451 $9,520,946
Economic & Workforce Development $7,807,364 $14,766,001 $24,810,909
Environmental Protection & Sustainability $8,123,139 $8,179,247 $6,440,332
All Other Agencies $17,608,750 $18,714,173 $17,802,799
Total Expenditures $2,721,515,602 $2,818,898,030 $2,868,191,223
(a) Debt service and PAYGO for these items are also counted as part of general county programs.
(b) Does not include fringe benefit costs.

Operating budget

2012 Operating Budget Revenues as % of Total $2.632 Billion[12]
Source % of Total $2632 Billion
Property tax 32%
Non-county funds 39%
Income tax 19%
Federal aid <1%
Service taxes 5%
Fees & other 1%
State aid 1%
Fund balance 2%
2012 Operating Budget Expenditures as % of Total $2.632 Billion[12]
Area % of Total $2.632 Billion
Schools, college, libraries 62%
Public safety 13%
Non-departmental 9%
Human, recreation & community svcs 8%
Public works 5%
General government 2%
State mandated 1%

Public Employee Salaries

Four administrative employees in Baltimore County earned more than $100,000 in 2010, according to data provided by The Baltimore Sun.[13]

  • Homan, Frederick $190,000
  • Moehler, Donald $136,568
  • Morrison, Donna #122.001
  • Gay, George $112,807

Only two county employees earned more than $200,000.[14]

  • Johnson, James, Police Department, $204,750
  • Shellenberger, Scott, State's Attorney, $203,990

Pensions

Main article: Maryland public pensions

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed a bill in March 2012 to reduce some pensions by taking overtime out of the calculation of benefits. The county council has tabled the issue after strong union opposition.[15]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baltimore County, "County Council," accessed March 25, 2012
  2. Baltimore County, "Meetings," accessed March 25, 2012
  3. Baltimore County, "Zoning Regulations," accessed March 25, 2012
  4. Baltimore County, "Building Permits," accessed March 25, 2012
  5. Baltimore County, "Budget and Finance," accessed March 25, 2012
  6. Baltimore County, "Budget," accessed March 25, 2012
  7. Baltimore County, "Purchasing," accessed March 25, 2012
  8. Baltimore County, "Contact an Agency," accessed March 25, 2012
  9. Baltimore County, "Taxes," accessed March 25, 2012
  10. Baltimore County, "Tax Search," accessed March 25, 2012
  11. Baltimore County, "Executive," accessed March 26, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Baltimore County, "2012 Budget," accessed March 25, 2012
  13. [=2008&fy[]=2009&fy[]=2010&blarf_lastname=&sort=STD&button_submit=Show+results/ Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County Salary Database, May 23, 2011]
  14. [=2008&fy[]=2009&fy[]=2010&blarf_lastname=&sort=STD&button_submit=Show+results/ Baltimore Sun, Baltimore County Salary Database, May 23, 2011]
  15. Baltimore Sun, "Pension bill opposed by unions stalls in Baltimore Co. Council," March 19, 2012