Howard County Government

There are no incorporated municipalities within Howard County. All local government services are provided by county agencies under the leadership of a county executive and five county council members.

The county executive is limited to two four-year terms in office. The five county councilpersons are elected from districts throughout the county to serve four-year terms, with a limit of three terms total. 

County Budget

The All Funds budget (funds from county, state and federal sources) for Howard County for fiscal 2016 was approved at $1.4 billion. Property taxes account for 34 percent of the county's revenues, while 22 percent comes from local income taxes. Budgeted expenses for fiscal 2016 include $868 million (62 percent of the total budget) for the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College. This commitment to education has allowed Howard County’s educational resources to remain among the best in the state of Maryland.

In 2016, $124 million is dedicated to Public Safety. This includes the Department of Police, the Sheriff's Office, and the Fire and Rescue Service. Howard County enjoys a low crime rate and has a superior public safety response record. The county budget also supports the community's high quality of life through outstanding citizen service programs and one of the most extensive parks and recreation programs for a jurisdiction of its size.

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