Fiscal 2023 Budget Process

Every year, the City of Baltimore develops a budget for both the operating and capital budgets. The operating budget funds the daily business of the City, specifically covering programs, services, staff, and supplies. The capital budget funds physical infrastructure projects, specifically major renovations and replacements that are long-term investments. While the Department of Finance submits to total budget to the Board of Estimates for review, the Bureau of Budget and Management Research (BBMR) oversees the operating budget planning process and the Department of Planning oversees the capital budget planning process. Learn more about the capital budget.


Fiscal 2023 Budget Process Tracker

Line of arrows for the different phases of the budget process. Currently, the City is in the current level of service budget development phase.


Budget Process Phases

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Current Level of Service (CLS) Budget

Planning for the Fiscal 2023 operating budget began in August 2021 with developing the Current Level of Service (CLS) budget. CLS serves as the baseline for the preliminary budget and assumes that the City will maintain the same level of services, but adds necessary costs, such as extraordinary inflation, or removes prior year one-time costs, such as a new software or study. The CLS budget also includes changes across agencies, such as cost of living adjustments for salaries, negotiated pay increases, or changes in health benefit costs.

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