Budget Process Updates
Every year, the City of Baltimore develops a budget for both the operating and capital budgets. The operating budget funds the daily business of the City, specifically covering programs, services, staff, and supplies. The capital budget funds physical infrastructure projects, specifically major renovations and replacements that are long-term investments. While the Department of Finance submits the total budget to the Board of Estimates for review, the Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) oversees the operating budget planning process and the Department of Planning oversees the capital budget planning process. Learn more about the capital budget.
Fiscal 2024 Budget Process Tracker
Budget Process Phases
Jump to: CLS Budget | Agency Proposals | Proposal Review | Preliminary Budget
Current Level of Service (CLS) Budget
Planning for the Fiscal 2024 operating budget began in August 2022 with the development of the Current Level of Service (CLS) budget. CLS serves as the baseline for the preliminary budget and assumes that the City will maintain the same level of services, but adds necessary costs, such as extraordinary inflation, or removes the prior year's one-time costs, such as new software or study. The CLS budget also includes changes across agencies, such as cost of living adjustments for salaries, negotiated pay increases, or changes in health benefit costs.
Agency Budget Proposals
The Fiscal 2023 operating budget proposal process officially launched on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Agencies have until December 16, 2022, to submit their budget proposals to BBMR.
As part of the Fiscal 2024 budget process, Results Teams, made up of City employees and residents, are reveiwing agency enhancement requests and BBMR analysts are reviewing agency service proposals. Requests will be reviewed and Results Teams and BBMR recommendations will be presented to the Mayor and Senior Team based on this review.
Preliminary Budget Planning
The Mayor and Senior Team have identified specific budget funding priorities and areas for savings based on a review of Results Team and Department of Finance recommendations. Based on these decisions, agencies and BBMR work together to finalize the preliminary budget in the budget system. During this time, BBMR prepares the Preliminary Budget, the first budget publication that will be presented to the Board of Estimates and the public. The Fiscal 2024 Preliminary Budget will be made available online on April 6, 2023.