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Yes. The county council can only add to the HCPS budget, not remove from it. Any additions to HCPS must come from elsewhere in the budget.
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The budget year runs July 1 to June 30.
The county executive drafts a proposed budget and submits it to the county council, which approves a final budget.
January – county executive holds a public hearing/town hall to solicit input on proposed budget.
April 15 – the county executive’s proposed budget is due to the county council, per the county charter.
May – county council holds work sessions with county department leaders and two public hearings.
By June 15, the county council must approve the budget.