The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Human Resources and Management

For questions, please call:

Executive Director’s
Office
Patricia Barney,
Executive Director
301-454-1740

Budget Management
Division
John Kroll, Chief
301-454-1740

Corporate Policy and
Management Operations
Division
Anju Bennett, Chief
301-454-1740

Human Resources
Division
William Spencer,
HR Director
301-454-1700

Units

Classification and
Compensation/
Employment Records

(HRIS)
Boni King, Manager
301-454-1700

Employee Benefits/
Group Insurance
Jennifer McDonald, Manager
301-454-1700

Recruitment/Employee
and Labor Relations
William Spencer, Manager
301-454-1411

Risk Management and
Workplace Safety
(Workers’ Comp.

and Liability)
Wanda Wesley-Major,
Manager
301-454-1740

Budget Office

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Adopted Budgets

Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

General Budget Information

Other Documents



Prince George's County Budget Process

Planning for the proposed budget begins in July. Basic budget guidelines and information are disseminated to each department. In the fall, a rigorous review period is conducted by the respective Planning Boards. At its December meeting, the Commission approves the proposed operating budget of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for transmittal to the respective approving bodies.

On or before January 15, the Commission submits to the County Executive and Council of each county the proposed budget for the respective accounts of the General Fund (including park debt service) and a budget plan for the respective county Enterprise, Internal Service and Special Revenue Funds. The budget of the Capital Projects Funds and six-year expenditures plans are submitted prior to November 1. These budgets and plans include the means of financing them.

By April 1, the County Executive transmits the budget, with recommendations, to the County Council. The County Council conducts public hearings on the operating and capital budgets and plans. State law requires final adoption prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.

Development of the Operating Budget

Development Direction for Budget

JUL TO AUG

Staff Develops Budget

SEP TO OCT

Worksessions with Planning Board

SEP TO NOV

Spending Affordability Guidlines Established

DECEMBER

Commission Approves Budget for Proposal

Third Wednesday in December

Submit Operating Budget to County Executive

JAN 15 th

Executive Makes Recommendations

JAN 15 th TO MAR 31 st

Council Holds Public Hearings

APRIL

Council Reviews Budget

APRIL

Councils Meet Jointly

MAY

Council Adopt Budgets

BY JUN 1

Prince George's County Fiscal Policy

Throughout the management of the Commission's fiscal resources, the following policies are maintained for tax-supported funds:

  • The budget must be balanced; that is, anticipated revenues must equal or exceed anticipated expenditures.
  • Adequate expenditure reserves will be proposed and maintained, sufficient to fund the cost of revenue fluctuations or unanticipated emergencies. A stable or rising level of reserves satisfies con cerns of the bond rating agencies when the Commission enters the bond market to sell bonds.
  • The Commission will aggressively seek cost reduction and productivity improvements as methods of minimizing taxpayer costs and maximizing customer satisfaction.
  • Non-tax revenue sources, such as user fees, will be sought and developed to the greatest possible extent, keeping in balance service availability, public benefit, and fairly set fees. User fees in the Enterprise Fund are set to:
    • Be competitive with comparable public and private facilities and services in the area.
    • Reflect user demand and patterns of use.
  • The Commission will minimize debt service costs by the prudent use of appropriate debt instruments, consistent with the goal of maintaining tax rate stability and stable reserves. Debt service, correctly structured, will match the bond-funded cost of facilities with the useful life of the facilities.

Montgomery County Budget Process

Planning for the proposed operating budget begins in July. Basic budget guidelines and information is disseminated to each Department. In the fall, a rigorous review period is conducted by the respective Planning Boards. The Montgomery County Council annually establishes Spending Affordability Guidelines for the Operating Budget by mid December. The budget for the Capital Projects Funds and six-year expenditures plans (CIP) are submitted prior to November 1. In Montgomery County the CIP is a two-year submission.

This budget includes spending plans and the means of financing them. At its December meeting, the Commission adopts the proposed operating budget for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

On or before January 15, the Commission submits to the County Executive of each County the proposed budget for the respective account of the General Fund (including park debt service) and a budget plan for the respective county Enterprise, Special Revenue and Internal Service Funds.

Development of the Operating Budget

Development Direction for Budget

JULY TO AUGUST

Staff Develops Budget

SEP TO OCT

Worksessions with Planning Board

SEP TO NOV

Spending Affordability Guidlines Established

MID-DECEMBER

Commission Approves Budget for Proposal

Third Wednesday in December

Submit Operating Budget to County Executive

JAN 15 th

Executive Makes Recommendations

JAN 15 th TO MARCH 15 th

Council Holds Public Hearings

APR

Council Reviews Budget

APR

Councils Meet Jointly

MAY

Council Adopt Budgets

BY JUN 1

Montgomery County Fiscal Policy

Throughout the management of the Commission's fiscal resources, the following policies are maintained for tax-supported funds:

  • The budget must be balanced; that is, anticipated revenues must equal or exceed anticipated expenditures.
  • The Commission considers the development of fund balance policy goals as an important part of sound fiscal management.
  • In the Enterprise Fund, a minimum cash balance equal to 10% of operating revenues plus one year's debt service during a 3-5 year phase-in period will be maintained.
  • Adequate expenditure reserves will be proposed and maintained in the general fund, sufficient to fund the cost of revenue fluctuations or unanticipated emergencies. A stable or rising level of reserves satisfies concerns of the bond rating agencies when the Commission enters the bond market to sell bonds.
  • The Commission will aggressively seek cost reduction and productivity improvements as methods of minimizing taxpayer costs and maximizing customer satisfaction.
  • Non-tax revenue sources, such as user fees, will be sought and developed to the greatest possible extent, keeping in balance service availability, public benefit, and fairly set fees.

In Montgomery County, the voter-mandated Spending Affordability Guidelines of 1990 define a process wherein the County Council estimates how much the County can afford to spend in each fiscal year.

Consistent with the Department of Park and Planning's User Fee policy, fees in the Enterprise facilities, services, and programs are established at a level that:

  • Are competitive with comparable public and private facilities and services in the area;
  • Can reasonably be expected to generate sufficient revenue to sustain administrative, operating and maintenance costs;
  • Reflect user demand and patterns of use.

The Commission will minimize debt service costs by the prudent use of appropriate debt instruments, consistent with the goal of maintaining tax rate stability and stable reserves. Debt service, correctly structured, will match the bond-funded cost of facilities with the useful life of the facilities.