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Fiscal Year 2020 Garrett County Government Budget

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners is in the process of balancing the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Garrett County Government budget. This page is a resource for additional information and details related to that process.
 


Budget Process Schedule:

 
May 13 - June 18, 2019 Public Feedback Invited via Email or by Letter Addressed to Board of Commissioners
Email Board of Garrett County Commissioners via gccomments@garrettcounty.org or Mail Addressed to: Board of Commissioners, 203 South Fourth Street Oakland, MD 21550

June 3, 2019 Public Meeting at 4:00 p.m. and Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. at Garrett College GIEC Room 111
Public Hearing - Constant Yield Tax
Public invited to attend and public comments will be allowed.

June 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Garrett College Auditorium
Public Hearing -  Proposed FY2020 Budget
Public invited to attend and public comments will be allowed.
View Director of Financial Services' Presentation

June 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Garrett County Courthouse
Public Meeting - Tentative Adoption of FY2020 Budget
Public is invited to attend and public comments will be allowed.
 
Click on the image below for a FY2020 Budget Process timeline:
 
 

Financial Situation Presentation:

 
To view a copy of the video presentation made by Scott Weeks, Director of Financial Services, click below:
May 13, 2019 Public Work Session Video Presentation (audio with slides):
 

A summary of the four options to bridge the projected shortfall (in no order) are below:
  • Option 1: Increase property tax by $0.082 from $0.99 to $1.072
    • Estimated impact to owner-occupied households = $122/year
 
  • Option 2: Increase property tax by $0.056 from $0.99 to $1.046 and income tax from 2.65% to 2.95%
    • Estimated impact to owner-occupied households = $228/year
 
  • Option 3: Increase property tax by $0.04 from $0.99 to $1.03, income tax from 2.65% to 2.95%, and accommodations tax from 6% to 8%
    • Estimated impact to owner-occupied households = $204/year
 
  • Option 4: Increase property tax by $0.066 from $0.99 to $1.056 and accommodations tax from 6% to 8%
    • Estimated impact to owner-occupied households = $98/year
 

Files:
 

Meeting Adendas, Minutes, and Audio if available:
 
05-06-2019
Agenda    Minutes    Audio

05-20-2019
Agenda    Minutes
 

Download or view a copy of the PDF presentation made by Scott Weeks, Director of Financial Services, click below:
May 13, 2019 Public Work Session Presentation

FAQs


Feedback:

 
The public is invited and encouraged to send comments and feedback regarding the budget to the Board of Garrett County Commissioners via the email address gccomments@garrettcounty.org, or by letter addressed to Board of Commissioners, 203 South Fourth Street, Oakland, MD 21550 by May 20, 2019.
 
This page will be updated as information is available.