According to Frederick County’s Charter, after the County Executive submits the proposed budget to the council, the council must hold a public hearing on the budget. After the hearing, the council may reduce or delete items in the proposed budget, but may not add items to it or increase any proposed expenditure, except for increases above the Board of Education’s Maintenance of Effort requirement. The council must adopt the budget by May 25 or the executive’s proposed budget becomes law.History
Frederick County transitioned from the County Commissioner form of government to the County Charter form of government on December 1, 2014. Under Charter Government, there is an Executive Branch with a County Executive and a Legislative Branch with a County Council.
For many years, all five County Commissioners were elected in at-large elections by all county voters. Under the new Charter Government, the County Executive and only two of the County Council members are elected at-large.The seven-member County Council consists of five members elected by district and two elected at-large. Council members will have the power to initiate legislation. Council meetings are limited to 45 days yearly.