Budget

Budget Adoption


The adoption of the budget is the County Commissioners’ most important job. This includes facilitating a budget process that is open and transparent, developing an annual budget that accurately reflects the goals and priorities of the County Commissioners, and implements a prudent financial plan ensuring the sound management and operation of County government and allied agencies, while minimizing the burden on the taxpayer to the extent practicable.

The County fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Money is allocated each year to County government departments (like the Department of Emergency Services), allied public agencies (like the Library), and non-profits (like the Volunteer Fire Companies) through the budget process, which begins in December. The budget is adopted in late May or early June and takes effect on July 1.

Helpful Resources

For more information on the county budget or budget process, contact Finance Director Margaret Roe

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Process

FY2018 Budget Calendar - UPDATED


The County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland, will hold a public hearing on the FY2018 Caroline County Government Budget. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017– Preston Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 3680 Choptank Road, Preston, MD: 

  • 6:00 PM – Regular County Commissioners Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – To hear budget allocation requests from all departments, agencies, and organizations, and to receive public comments and questions on those requests.  Immediately followed by the Annual Municipal Property Tax Differential Meeting

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017 – Greensboro Volunteer Fire Community Hall, 13781 Greensboro Rd., MD: 

  • 6:00 PM – Regular County Commissioners Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – To present the proposed FY2018 Caroline County Government Budget and the proposed FY2018 Capital Program and to receive public comments and questions; to hold the required municipal real property tax differential hearing; to hold the required Constant Yield tax rate public hearing; and to set the FY2018 real property tax rate(s), or announce the date, time and location when they will be set.

Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend should notify the County Commissioners Office at least 3 days before the hearing(s) by calling 410-479-0660 or via the Maryland Relay Service at 7-1-1.



Current Budget (Fiscal Year 2017)


The Caroline County Commissioners have adopted their Fiscal Year 2017 Budget as well as the FY 2017 Capital Improvement Program.



Past Annual County Budgets